Environmental Microbiology – Institut for Plante- og Miljøvidenskab - Københavns Universitet

Contact research group leader

Kristian Koefoed Brandt
Associate Professor
M: kkb@plen.ku.dk
Ph: +45 35 33 26 12

The overall vision is to understand the diversity and functioning of microbial communities in natural and man-made environments in order to protect and optimize ecosystem services.

Current aquatic activities focus on the biology of microorganisms producing off-flavor metabolites as related to water quality in aquaculture systems and dispersal of bacteria via ballast water.

Current terrestrial activities focus on microbial ecotoxicology, the ability of metals to disseminate antibiotic resistance, metal bioavailability, and new molecular tools for assessment of soil quality. The research is based on an advanced biotechnological platform combining ‘omics’ approaches, whole-cell bioreporters, isotope techniques, mass spectrometry, microbial cultivation etc.

Research themes

  • Aquaculture microbiology
  • Ballast water microbiology
  • Environmental dimension of antibiotic resistance
  • Methane oxidation in Arctic soils
  • Microbe-pollutant interactions in soil

Current research projects

  • BANGFISH: Upgrading pangas and tilapia value chains in Bangladesh (DANIDA)
  • COFASP: Water treatment technology for land-based closed containment systems for fish production to increase efficiency by reducing the negative effects of organic matter (EU)
  • Nutrient uptake, homeostasis and functionality
  • Evolution of copper resistance in Pseudomonas spp. (China Scholarship Council)
  • Grøn omstilling i dansk akvakultur ved overgang til recirkulering (GUDP)
  • Improved quality of cultured fish for human consumption (Innovationfund)
  • PICT-RISK: Evaluation of pollution-induced community tolerance as an ecologically relevant effect and exposure indicator for risk assessment of biocides (Danish EPA)
  • REMEDIATE: Improved decision-making in contaminated land site investigation and risk assessment (Marie-Curie Innovation Training Network, EU)
  • Toxic metals as co-selective agents for environmental dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes (Sino-Danish Center)

Group members

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