Department Environmental Microbiology

Environmental Microbiology

Our research focuses on microbial life and activities in the environment. We strive to understand the basic rules and principles that govern the functioning of microbes and microbial communities, and then apply those principles to solve pressing applied problems.

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Publications

Pathogens and Human Health: Article about the infection risks from using contaminated water for handwashing to inform the need for monitoring microbial quality of handwashing water. Article

Microbial Systems Ecology: Article about how individual cells in bacterial populations can specialize in their metabolism and work together. Article

Microbial Systems Ecology: Article about bacterial evolution: bacterial genes are organized in a modular way, and over evolutionary times bacteria keep or lose whole modules. Article

Drinking Water Microbiology: A paper showing the influence of pipe material composition with respect to biofilm quantity and composition, with specific focus on flexible shower hoses.
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Microbial Community Assembly: Article about the perspective about bridging the gap between synthetic and environmental microbial ecology. How can we integrate reductionist and holistic microbial ecology research? Article

News

August 15, 2019

Swiss groundwater contains numerous pesticide degradation products. This has been discovered by an extensive screening by Eawag and ETH Zurich. The transformation products (metabolites) originate predominantly from pesticides from agriculture.

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Research Projects

Exploration of the impact of water chlorination on fecal carriage of antimicrobial resistant bacteria amongst a cohort of Bangladeshi children
In order to better understand natural processes and also to be able to better control the activities of microbial communities in technical systems such as wastewater treatment plants, we need to understand how microbial communities work.
Biofilms on materials in contact with potable water can be manipulated due to their dependencies on material composition.
Plastic materials are of major environmental concern.