Research groups

Environmental protection and environmental safety research group

The scientific program of this research group includes the biological and geochemical monitoring of the environment (mainly soil, surface and subsurface waters) with a particular attention to the saprotrophic microbiota and the detection of environmental pathogens, the identification of their resistance and virulence genes, and their phylogenetic relationship. Our research work covers the detection and fermentation of microorganisms with biodegradation ability of organic pollutants and pesticides, the monitoring of microbial degradation with biological and molecular biological analysis and the verification of the complete biodetoxification with microbial toxicity assays. Some specific issues such as the effects of Emerging Micropollutants (EMP), their fate in the environment, and their endocrine modulator effects, or the emergence of antibiotic resistance in the environment are also covered by our projects.

CONTACT: Szoboszlay.Sandor@mkk.szie.hu

 

Microbial ecotoxicology research group        

The science group of Microbial Ecotoxicology examines hazardous effects of natural and artificial compounds and environmental samples. For this purpose, microbial bioreporter tests are applied such as BLYES/BLYAS/BLYR tests for measuring endocrine disrupting effect, SOS-Chromotest for the detection of genotoxic/mutagenic effect, acute and chronic Aliivibrio fischeri bioluminescence inhibition test for the evaluation of cytotoxicity, and Pseudomonas fluorescens soil toxicity test. Our running projects cover the research on biodegradation and biodetoxification of mycotoxins and UV filter compounds.

CONTACT: Cserhati.Matyas@mkk.szie.hu

 

Microbial ecology research group

The research group aims to reveal microbial communities of different ecosystems by using molecular microbiological methods. The main research topic of the group is the investigation of microbial communities of petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated subsurface environments (soil, groundwater and biofilm communities) and the identification of key microbes of contaminant degradation. The research group puts special emphasis on the enrichment and isolation of bacterial strains capable of degrading aromatic hydrocarbons (benzene, toluene, ethyl-benzene and xylenes) and aims to describe new bacterial species. The research group also participates in projects which investigate microbial communities of agricultural soils and freshwater ecosystems.

CONTACT: Tancsics.Andras@fh.szie.hu

 

Mycology research group       

Mycology research group focuses on the research and education of fungi, especially on their presence and role in the biosphere. Two researchers and two Ph.D. students are the members of this research group with a great technical assistance. Mycology-related subjects, theoretical/practical lessons and thesis works of the Institute are in the care of mycology research group. The scientific results of the role of fungal extremophiles in composting and the research on the occurrence and biology of toxigenic molds are at international level.

CONTACT: Dobolyi.Csaba@mkk.szie.hu