UMIL team has experience in the isolation and culturing of marine microorganisms from polluted sites and extreme habitats. Biochemical and molecular biology approaches are used to study physiology, ecology and biotechnological potential of novel isolates. The research capacity is based on a fully equipped molecular microbial ecology and a fluorescence and laser scanning confocal microscopy platforms, on expertise in microbial genetics, genomics and physiology and on industrial microbiology facilities including fermenters, reactors and an analytical chemistry platform with liquid and gas chromatographs. DNA sequencers are available as well as a platform for genome assembly, finishing and annotation.
Main tasks in the project
- Characterization of microorganisms capable of oil degradation under condition of high pressure (WP4)
- Development of formulations combining nutrients, biosurfactants and oil degrading consortia (WP4)
- Establishment of microparticles for the slow release of hydrocarbon-degrading cells, biosurfactants, fertilizers, enzymes and e-acceptors (WP6)
- Testing formulation for the slow release of biodegradation enhancers on polluted waters (WP6)