BRANDT Kristian Koefoed (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)


First Name: Kristian Koefoed

Name: Brandt

Position: Associate professor, Research group leader, PhD


Institute / University / Company: University of Copenhagen

Research Unit: Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Section for Microbial Ecology and Biotechnology

Address (city, state): Thorvaldsensvej 40, 1871 Frederiksberg

Country: Denmark

Please give 5 key-words showing your research / interest in Microbial Ecotoxicolgy:

  • microbe-pollutant interactions
  • microbial community analysis
  • whole-cell bioreporters,
  • bioremediation
  • environmental dimension of antibiotic resistance

Main kinds of contaminant(s) of interest:

copper, zinc, arsenic and other toxic elements, antibiotics, biocides, pesticides, hydrocarbons and their derivatives, surfactants, toxic plant metabolites, antibiotic resistance genes …

Main kinds of microorganisms of interest:

Microorganisms in nature (especially soil bacteria)

Main kinds of ecosystems of interest:

Natural and man-managed ecosystems (especially soils)

Do you give courses on Microbial Ecotoxicology ?: YES

If yes, please tell us more about the courses (University, course level,website,etc): Teaches two MSc courses at University of Copenhagen:
‘Soil and Water Pollution – Concepts and Theory’ (
‘Soil and Water Pollution – Experimental Assessment’ (

Teaches one MSc course (‘Contaminants – Fate and Processes’) at the Sino-Danish Centre of Education and Research in Beijing, China:

Most relevant articles in the field of Microbial Ecotoxicology (max.5):

  • Brandt, K.K., Amézquita, A., Backhaus, T., Boxall, A. Coors, A., Heberer, T., Lawrence, J.R., Lazorchak, J., Schönfeld, J., Snape, J.R., Zhu, Y.G., Topp, E. (2015). Ecotoxicological assessment of antibiotics: a call for improved consideration of microorganisms. Environment International 85: 189-205. DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2015.09.013.
  • Song, J., Rensing, C., Holm, P.E., Virta, M., Brandt, K.K. (2017). Comparison of metals and tetracycline as selective agents for development of tetracycline resistant bacterial communities in agricultural soil. Environmental Science & Technology 51: 3040-3047. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b05342.
  • Klumper, U., Dechesne, A., Riber, L., Brandt, K.K., Gulay, A., Sørensen, S.J., Smets, B.F. (2017). Metal stressors consistently modulate bacterial conjugal plasmid uptake potential in a phylogenetically conserved manner. ISME Journal 11: 152-165. DOI:10.1038/ismej.2016.98.
  • Modrzynski, J.J., Christensen, J.H., Mayer, P., Brandt, K.K. (2016). Limited recovery of soil microbial activity after transient exposure to gasoline vapors. Environmental Pollution 216: 826-835. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2016.06.054.
  • Lekfeldt, J.D.S., Magid, J., Holm, P.E., Nybroe, O., Brandt, K.K. (2014). Evaluation of the leucine incorporation technique for detection of pollution-induced community tolerance to copper in a long-term agricultural field trial with urban waste fertilizers. Environmental Pollution. 194: 78-85. DOI:10.1016/j.envpol.2014.07.013.
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