Microbial Processes in the Rhizosphere of Constructed Wetlands

  • Quantifying the fate of pharmaceutical compounds and other recalcitrant organic compounds in planted systems
  • Isolating bacteria capable to degrade certain pharmaceutical compounds (ibuprofen, diclofenac, sulfamethoxazole). Elucidation of the physiological parameters, identification of their catabolic genes
  • Effect of fluctuating conditions and release of root exudates on the expression of these catabolic genes in planted systems
  • Process relevant adaptive mechanisms of microorganisms to changing environmental conditions


Phytotechnicum with planted fixed bed reactor

Soil and Sediment Processe

  • Fate of organic compounds and contaminants in soils under various (constant and dynamic) environmental conditions
  • Fate of organic compounds and contaminants in soils under various (constant and dynamic) environmental conditions
  • Contribution of CO2 fixation and microbial biomass carbon to the formation of refractory soil organic matter and to bound residue formation from xenobiotics
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