Scientific interest and research

Recognition of biotechnological potential of methanotrophs inhabiting of surface and deep biosphere. Production of ectoine and others osmolytes in methylotrophic bacteria. Describing of phylogenetic similarity of microorganisms isolated from different environments. Protective effect of bacterial osmoprotectants on different organisms subjected to stresses.

Investigation of autochthonic microbial communities present in coals and bioconversion of fossil coals at different stages of maturity (beginning from peat and lignite to hardcoal) to methane and other organic compounds, being potentially useful as fertilizers (humic and fulvic. acids).

Redox processes in water and soil, nutrient transformation and its availability, soil buffering capacity, enzymatic activity and remediation of heavy metals from environments at different stages of pollution.

Oxygenology as a new scientific discipline related to the presence and role of oxygen in nature on Earth, comprising issues of storage, transport, generation, adsorption, turnover, functions and measurements in the environment in respect to essential role in the life of all macro- and microorganisms as a dominant final acceptor of electrons.

keywords: Redox conditions, aeration, methane, methanotrophic and methanogenic microorganisms, ectoine, bioenergy, oxygenology

 

Skills and methods

Measurements of aeration conditions in water and soil envvironments, enzymatic activity, biogeochemistry transformations.