The main goal of this research line is to provide tools for monitoring microbiological processes. This information is crucial for the implementation of reliable reactive transport models and for the assessment of natural or enhanced remediation of environmental pollutants. The current research line focuses on iron oxides reduction by marine microorganisms to evaluate the potential impact of submarine tailings disposal from iron oxide mines.

Selected publications

Benaiges-Fernandez, R.; Offeddu, F.G.; Margalef-Marti, R.; Palau, J.; Urmeneta, J.; Carrey, R.; Otero, N.; Cama, J. (2020) Geochemical and isotopic study of abiotic nitrite reduction coupled tobiologically produced Fe(II) oxidation in marine environments. Chemosphere, 260, 127554. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2020.127554

Benaiges-Fernandez, R.; Palau, J.; Offeddu, F.; Cama, J.; Urmenetea, J.; Soler, J.M.; Dold, B. (2019) Dissimilatory bioreduction of iron(III) oxides by Shewanella loihica under marine sediment conditions. Marine Environmental Research, 151, 104782. DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2019.104782

Benaiges-Fernandez, R.; Urmeneta, J. (2018) Use of specific PCR primers for the study of sulfate-reducing bacteria diversity in microbial mats of Ebro Delta, Spain. International Microbiology, 21(4), 231. DOI: 10.1007/s10123-018-0020-3