Understanding and managing microbial biotransformation of environmental contaminants
Environmental microbial communities are key in detoxifying the environment from chemical contaminants by degrading them to less active substances, but we still lack a sufficiently mechanistic understanding of microbial biotransformation that is essential to progress in different fields of application, including water treatment and chemical risk assessment. Recently, a number of analytical tools have become available that enable scientists to study microbial biotransformation of contaminants and causal links between specific microorganisms and contaminant removal at the level of complex environmental communities and which thus have revolutionized the field. We expect that TransCon2019 will act as a catalyst in contaminant biotransformation research by gathering the leading scientists in the field to take stake of the progress and consolidate our understanding of the principles underlying contaminant biotransformation in natural and engineered environments.
The conference will be structured along four key topics (click on the topic’s title for more details):
- Frontiers in analytical and bioinformatics techniques to characterize contaminant biotransformation and microbial community characteristics
- Linking contaminant biotransformation to influencing factors and microbial community characteristics
- Adopting new knowledge for the design of next-generation biological water treatment systems
- Implications for prediction and regulatory assessment of biotransformation
For further information about the event including a full list of confirmed speakers and how to register, please visit the conference website here: https://transcon2019.ch