Environmental Microbiology Team

Presentation of EEM

Equipe Environnement & Microbiologie develops research activities for understanding the fate of contaminants in the environment. The release of contaminants into the environment alters the specific balance of ecosystems, the dynamics and structure of populations. The team members seek to understand the responses of biological communities to the presence of contaminants in selected ecosystems. The specific objectives of the team “Equipe Environnement & Microbiologie” are moving towards: 

Equipe Environnement et Microbiologie Université de Pau et des pays de l'adour

  • Understanding the adaptation of bacterial communities to the contaminant inputs in a disturbed ecosystem;

  • Understanding the adaptive mechanisms in microorganisms: resistance, detoxification, biodegradation and biotransformation processes;

  • Understanding the molecular processes involved in the genetic regulation of these adaptive processes;

  • Understanding the impact of biological activities on the fate of contaminants: natural attenuation, bioremediation;

  • Developing molecular and biochemical tools to assess the capacities of biodegradation and biotransformation.

In order to meet these objectives, the members of the “Equipe Environnement et Microbiologie” are organized and structured around the issues of Microbial Ecology, whose main theme is: the Impact of pollutants on microbial diversity and adaptive responses..

Equipe Environnement & Microbiologie is a founding member of the Research Federation on Aquatic Media and Resources: MIRA

Equipe Environnement & Microbiologie is member of the CNRS Research Group Arsenic (GDR CNRS 2909)

Equipe Environnement & Microbiologie is developing PREMICE, Regional Platform of Environmental Microbiology, with the support of the Aquitaine Regional council. PREMICE offers powerful technological resources in Environmental Microbiology to research laboratories from public institutions and companies.


Through their research, members of the EEM have obtained different biological resources from the environment including bacterial strains and nucleic acids (DNA & RNA). Equipe Environnement & Microbiologie maintains these biological resources, collection of bacterial strains from the environment containing phototrophic purple bacteria, sulfate-reducing bacteria and hydrocarbonoclastic bacteria (degradation of alkanes and polyaromatics) as well as a collection of environmental DNA (metagenome) extracted either from the environment or microcosms experiments. 
Equipe Environnement & Microbiologie participates in the French Network of Biological Resource Centers "Microorganisms":  FBRCMi


Responsable : Robert Duran et Co-Responsable : Pierre Caumette