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EcotoxicoMic: The international network on Microbial Ecotoxicology

EcotoxicoMic is an open international network of partners from research, industry and public administration who are interested in questions related to Microbial Ecotoxicology, an emerging discipline facing contemporary environmental threats.

Who are we ?

Ecotoxicomic is an open international network of partners from research, industry and public administration who are interested in questions related to Microbial Ecotoxicology, an emerging discipline facing contemporary environmental threats.

 

EcotoxicoMic aims at establishing and fostering contacts and scientific partnerships within the community of microbial ecotoxicologists, at improving the visibility of research and innovation in the field of Microbial Ecotoxicology and at promoting the transfer of knowledge between the scientific community, the environmental managers and the society.

Thanks to the support of the Rovaltain Foundation, the EcotoxicoMic network organized in 2017 the First International Conference on Microbial Ecotoxicology which gathered for the first time more than 160 microbial ecotoxicologists representing 23 countries from around the world and belonging for both the private and academics sectors.

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What is Microbial Ecotoxicology ?

Microbial Ecotoxicology is a scientific field that studies both (i) the ecological impacts of chemical (synthetic or natural origin) or biological (toxic species) pollution at the microbial scale and on the various functions that they ensure in the ecosystems and (ii) the role of microbial communities in the ecodynamics of pollutants (source, transfer, degradation, transformation). It is a multidisciplinary scientific endeavor at the crossroad between microbial ecology, microbial toxicology, physics and chemistry.

Microbial EcotoxicologyGhiglione et al.,Environ. Pollut. Res. 23:3981-3983

Microbial Ecotoxicology responds to an increasing demand worldwide of the politics and society because of the threat on environmental and human health caused by intense anthropogenic activities. In the context of the Anthropocene, microbial ecotoxicology seeks not only to conduct fundamental researches to understand the impact of pollutants on microbial processes and vice versa but also to carry out applied researches to provide tools readily usable by the society to monitor the evolution of the quality of the environment and to restore polluted sites.

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