BME Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology Research Group - introduction

BME (http://www.bme.hu) is the acronym for the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. More than 110 departments and institutes operate within the structure of eight faculties. About 1100 lecturers, 400 researchers and other degree holders and numerous invited lecturers and practising expert specialists participate in education and research at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Approximately 800 of the university's 14.000 students are from 50 countries abroad. The Budapest University of Technology and Economics issue about 70% of Hungary's engineering degrees.

The former Department of Agricultural Chemical Technology, today Department of Applied Biotechnology and Food Science has a leading role in environmental, biotechnological research, including wastewater treatment, biofuels, cell biology, fermentation and food sciences. The lecturers of the University follow the current stream of the newest researching trends and integrate them into the education, due to international and national relationships as a participant in Hungarian and international research projects and conferences.

BME's Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology Research Group started development of environmental risk reduction, risk assessment methods since 1990. Since then the main prospects are management of metal and organic contaminants polluted sites, development of innovative soil remediation technologies, soil amelioration by waste utilisation, Quantitative Risk Assessment and development of ecotoxicological tests and bioassays.

Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology Research Group is the number one research group in Hungary developing innovative risk based environmental management and soil remediation. BME and the research group are experienced in different types of education and also in the use of information technology for teaching and dissemination. The group’s research results, work procedures, lectures, the students’individual project works are posted on the group’s IT based Environmental Knowledge base at:

http://enfo.agt.bme.hu/drupal/en/envbiotox-bme

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5 new environmental toxicity testing methods, such as direct contact soil tests with soil living organisms, such as Nematode, Collembolla, bacterial and fungal species, Tetrahymena, etc.

5 successful innovative remedial technology demonstrations in Hungary, the last two are: in situ combined chemical and phytostabilisation of Zn, Cd and As contaminated waste rock and soil, and cyclodextrin enhanced in situ bioremediation in soil, more then 200 publications, books, participation in Hungarian and international research projects.