Webinar Outcomes: “Biosensors and Environmental Monitoring – New Developments in Environmental Biotech”

SYNOPSIS (Video of Dr Zhugen Yang available here; Prof Kasprzyk-Hordern’s talk currently embargoed to non-attendees) The new EBNet Webinar series is designed to replace our annual Research Colloquium with top-quality, specialist webinars on a range of EB topics. Providing insight for our second offering, with a look at “Biosensors and …

Webinar Outcomes: “Aerobic Granules in Wastewater Treatment – Combining Novel Molecular Techniques and Technologies for Environmental Biotech”

SYNOPSIS (Webinar video available to watch here) The new EBNet Webinar series is designed to replace our annual Research Colloquium with top-quality, specialist webinars on a range of EB topics. Leading the series, with a look at “Aerobic Granules in Wastewater Treatment – Combining Novel Molecular Techniques and Technologies for …

EBNet Webinar: Organohalide Bioremediation – Current Approaches in Environmental Biotech

Tuesday, 12th January 2021 at 09:00am – 10:30am

This event is FREE-TO-MEMBERS. Register through Eventbrite here. Non-members are welcome – join the Network for free prior to registration. Alternatively, email Louise and Angie at: EBNet[at]EBNet.ac.uk.

In place of our Research Colloquium 2021, EBNet will be hosting a series of specialist webinars to support knowledge exchange amongst members. Register now to join the EBNet webinar “Organohalide Bioremediation – Current Approaches in EB“. Hear the latest developments from top speakers and participate in the online chat to engage with questions.

Featuring presentations from:

Dr Sophie Holland, University of New South Wales

Title: Bioremediation of Chloromethanes in Anaerobic Subsurface Environments

Dr Sophie Holland is a recent PhD graduate from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Her research explores anaerobic bacterial degradation of organochlorines. She utilised an array of cultivation and ‘omics techniques to produce a comprehensive study of a novel, dichloromethane-fermenting organism for her doctoral thesis, and was awarded the University Medal for Microbiology following her undergraduate studies and research into a chloroform- and chloroethane-respiring bacterial culture. Dr Holland has a keen interest in bioremediation, the role of microbial communities in response to climate change, and microbial life in extreme environments. She is currently looking for a postdoc position where she can continue to pursue these research avenues.

Professor Andy Cundy, National Oceanography Centre (NOC), University of Southampton.

Title: Integrated Attenuation Strategies for Problem Organohalides

Andy is the Research Director of GAU-Radioanalytical, Professor of Environmental Radioactivity, and Director of Internationalisation in the School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton, at the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (Southampton). He has over 25 years research experience in the environmental cycling and behaviour of aquatic and terrestrial pollutants (radioactive, metal, organic, and plastic contaminants); environmental radioactivity and radiochemistry; and contaminated land, wastes and water management, in particular the “green” or more sustainable remediation of contaminated sites . Andy has worked across four continents in projects funded by government, environmental bodies, the European Union and private industry. He has published over 120 scientific papers and 2 patents, is a co-ordinating Editor for the journal Environmental Geochemistry and Health, an Associate Editor of ASCE Journal of Environmental Engineering, and is a member of the Geohazards committee of the UNESCO International Geoscience Programme, focused on international geoscience capacity building. He is an honorary Fellow of the Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health, and a recently elected member of the ICS Anthropocene Working Group.

The Organiser/Chair of this event is:

Dr Tony Gutierrez, Heriot-Watt University is an Associate Professor in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology, School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University.

The main research theme of our lab is on the identification, characterization, response, ecology and biotechnology of marine microorganisms.
One major focus of the lab is on oil-degrading bacteria. These organisms play a key role in the ocean by breaking down petrochemical contaminants, such during an oil spill. We have published widely on the microbial response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and our research also focuses on the microbiology of sea surface and deepwater provinces, such as in the North East Atlantic where oil exploration is expanding. We are also bio-prospecting marine microorganisms for discovering novel types of bio-molecules, such as surface-active agents (bio-surfactants and bio-emulsifiers) for biotechnological applications.

We use conventional and sophisticated microbiological and molecular approaches (e.g. DNA stable isotope probing, CARD-FISH, next generation sequencing). Our aim is to discover and seek an enhanced level of understanding on the resilience of the marine environment to cope with the impacts of fossil fuel contamination – to use this information to combat future oil spills at sea, and exploit the biotechnological potential of marine microbes.

Further reading

Want some in-depth background reading to get up-to-speed on the acronyms? Try these latest papers.

A novel, dichloromethane-fermenting bacterium in the Peptococcaceae family, ‘Candidatus Formamonas warabiya’, gen. nov. sp. nov.
Sophie I Holland, Haluk Ertan, Michael J Manefield, Matthew Lee
bioRxiv. Publication date: 2020/1/1

Editorial: Organohalide Respiration: New Findings in Metabolic Mechanisms and Bioremediation Applications
Shanquan Wang , Jianzhong He , Chaofeng Shen and Michael J. Manefield
Front. Microbiol. 10:526

Dynamic capacity modelling of soil environment carrying capacity, and developing a soil quality early warning framework for development land in China
Journal of Cleaner Production. Volume 257, 1 June 2020, 120450
Xiaonuo Li, Andrew B. Cundy, Weiping Chena, Rui Liu, Sidan Lv

National Biofilm Innovation Centre (NBIC) Events

Many of the microbial consortia utilised in environmental biotechnology for environmental protection, bioremediation and resource recovery are a subset of a larger biofilm community. Visit NBIC News and Events and Noticeboard for their latest activities. DON’T MISS: NBIC Software Carpentry workshop (Python) organised by the Software Sustainability Institute, teaching writing, …

CIWEM Events

The Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) holds events and courses which may be of interest to EBNet members. Selected current events include: Flood and Coast 2020: Digital sessions continue throughout the remainder of this year and into 2021. Fabricated Soils (FABSoil) Project Webinar, 8 Dec 20, 5:30-6:30 …

EBNet Webinar: Sustainable Biological Removal of N and P – Advances and Challenges for Environmental Biotech

Tuesday, 1st December 2020 at 12:00pm – 1:30pm. This event is now over. The webinar recording can be accessed here.

In place of our Research Colloquium 2021, EBNet is hosting a series of specialist webinars to support knowledge exchange amongst members.

Featuring presentations from:

Juhani Kostiainen, Plantwork Systems Ltd.
Talk: Sustainable biological P and N removal from municipal and commercial wastewater using an optimised floc based activated sludge process.
Biography: Juhani Kostiainen Bsc : Has over 40 years in the water and wastewater industry with previous experience of technology transfer of SBR processes to other countries. He is a member of EEC CEN/TN 165/WG 41 (the European Committee for Standardisation), which is a working group compiling draft proposals for new standards required to meet more stringent future demands for medium sized WwTPs. He is a member of the IWA (International Water Association) in 6 working groups, the MEP (Multiple Environmental Professionals) and is a member of the City of Tampere Waterworks Board which oversees advancements and auditing of the treatment systems. The board monitors both the water supply and wastewater treatment for the 200,000 population city. His present focus is on Biological Nutrient Removal and is an Expert in SBR technology. Juhani heads the process team for Plantwork Systems Ltd. (PWS) a high tech, environmentally principled company providing innovative, sustainable solutions to all sectors of the wastewater treatment industry.

Professor Ana Soares, Cranfield University
Talk: Options for N and P removal and recovery from wastewater

Dr Ana Soares is a Professor of Biotechnology Engineering specialising in environmental water protection and resource recovery at Cranfield University .

Her work focuses in municipal as well as industrial wastewater management, proposing innovative and economically feasible solutions to produce high quality effluents and product recovery. Prof. Soares research explores the underpinning science required to develop and manage bioreactors employing new biological organisms, cultures or pathways in order to develop or optimise technologies and deliver the circular economy. Her scientific findings have resulted in leading-edge processes and technological innovations that contribute, worldwide, to sustainable solutions for effluent treatment. She is particularly successful in bridging the gap between science and application, working in close collaboration with industrial and institutional stakeholders. Prof Soares is an IWA Fellow, active member of various national and international committees, the editor in chief of the Water and Environment Journal and associate editor for Water Research.

The Organiser/Chair of this event is:

Dr Yongqiang Liu, University of Southampton
Dr Yongqiang Liu is Lecturer in Environmental Engineering within Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Southampton. She has over 15 years of experience in academic R&D in the field of environmental engineering and biochemical engineering. Her principal areas of expertise comprise of both chemical and biological wastewater treatment, fermentation and thermochemical conversion of waste to energy. In wastewater treatment area, Dr. Liu has been studying on novel reactor design, mechanism study on biofilm formation, sludge microbial community, adsorption, nutrient removal and recovery, and hybrid systems for water reuse and recycling when treating municipal wastewater, industrial wastewater, pharmaceutical wastewater and fats, oils and grease (FOG).

Further Reading

Want some in-depth background reading to get up-to-speed on the acronyms? Try these latest papers.


Nutrient metabolism, mass balance, and microbial structure community in a novel denitrifying phosphorus removal system based on the utilizing rules of acetate and propionate
Chemosphere. Volume 257, October 2020, 127076
Miao Zhang Chenjie Zhu, Ting Pan, Yajun Fan, Ana Soares, Jun Wu, Chengda He

Review Papers

Nutrient conversion and recovery from wastewater using electroactive bacteria
Science of The Total Environment. Volume 706, 1 March 2020, 135690
Nan Li et al.

New frontiers from removal to recycling of nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater in the Circular Economy
Bioresource Technology. Volume 300, March 2020, 122673
Ángel Robles et al.

Carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus recovery from liquid swine wastes: a review
Journal of Chemical Technology and Biotechnology, 1 September 2020, 95(9):2335-2347)
Montalvo, S. et al.


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Our first online conference gathered more than 80 ECR members to share their research and network with peers. We managed to entice people (on the hottest day of the year!) for a packed schedule of 17 featured research presentations and numerous posters, with a lively side chat too. Talks ranged widely. In addition …