Lukasz Drewniak

Lukasz Drewniak
University of Warsaw | UW · Faculty of Biology, Laboratory of Environmental Pollution Analysis

PhD

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January 2010 - December 2019
University of Warsaw
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
January 2010 - January 2016
University of Warsaw
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (128)
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Due to the increasing emphasis on the circular economy, research in recent years has focused on the feasibility of using biomass as an alternative energy source. Plant biomass is a potential substitute for countering the dependence on depleting fossil-derived energy sources and chemicals. However, in particular, lignocellulosic waste materials are...
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In recent years, in pursuit of sustainable and green chemistry, a plethora of ionic liquids (ILs) have been formulated to serve as safe alternatives to toxic solvents for numerous applications in electrochemistry, organic synthesis, inorganic/organic transformations, catalysis etc. Nonetheless, the unique and easily tunable physico-chemical propert...
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Understanding the environmental and economic impacts of copper hydrometallurgy throughout the whole life cycle is necessary for sustainable development of the copper industry. In this study, the environmental impacts and economic costs throughout the two major copper hydrometallurgical routes in China, including heap leaching and heap-agitation lea...
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Colors with their attractive appeal have been an integral part of human lives and the easy cascade of chemical catalysis enables fast, bulk production of these synthetic colorants with low costs. However, the resulting hazardous impacts on the environment and human health has stimulated an interest in natural pigments as a safe and ecologically cle...
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One of the most commonly used methods of recycling of spent zinc-carbon (alkaline) batteries is hydrometallurgical leaching with sulfuric acid. The technology is highly efficient and enables the recovery of the majority of deposited metals. Unfortunately, it also generates highly acidic wastewaters containing significant amounts of sulfates and met...
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Polar regions contain a wide variety of lentic ecosystems. These include periodic ponds that have a significant impact on carbon and nitrogen cycling in polar environments. This study was conducted to assess the taxonomic and metabolic diversity of bacteria found in Antarctic pond affected by penguins and sea elephants and to define their role in o...
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The domain Archaea is a key research model for gaining insights into the origin and evolution of life, as well as the relevant biogeochemical processes. The discovery of nanosized DPANN archaea has overthrown many aspects of microbiology.
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Sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) are key players in many passive and active systems dedicated to the treatment of hydrometallurgical leachates. One of the main factors reducing the efficiency and activity of SRB is the low pH and poor nutrients in leachates. We propose an innovative solution utilizing biogenic ammonia (B-NH3), produced by urea degra...
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Alicyclobacillus species inhabit diverse environments and have adapted to broad ranges of pH and temperature. However, their adaptive evolutions remain elusive, especially regarding the role of mobile genetic elements (MGEs). Here, we characterized the distributions and functions of MGEs in Alicyclobacillus species across five environments, includi...
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Management of excessive aqueous sulfide is one of the most significant challenges of treating effluent after biological sulfate reduction for metal recovery from hydrometallurgical leachate. The main objective of this study was to characterize and verify the effectiveness of a sulfide-oxidizing bacterial (SOB) consortium isolated from post-mining w...
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Spent mushroom compost (SMC) is a lignocellulose-rich waste material commonly used in the passive treatment of heavy metal-contaminated environments. In this study, we investigated the bioremediation potential of SMC against an inorganic form of arsenic, examining the individual abiotic and biotic transformations carried out by SMC. We demonstrated...
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The waste leachate from the hydrometallurgical recycling of spent batteries contains a significant amount of undesirable iron that needs to be precipitated before the recovery of target metals. The produced Fe-sediments are usually disposed of or stored at the treatment site as waste and are often poorly managed. This work estimates the environment...
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The aim of the presented investigation was to describe seasonal changes of microbial community composition in situ in different biocenoses on historical sandstone of the Northern Pergola in the Museum of King John III’s Palace at Wilanow (Poland). The microbial biodiversity was analyzed by the application of Illumina-based next-generation sequencin...
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The mining of metal ores generates both liquid and solid wastes, which are increasingly important to manage. In this paper, an attempt was made to use waste rocks produced in the mining of zinc and lead to neutralizing acid mine drainage and alkaline flotation wastewater. Waste rock is a quartz‐feldspar rock of hydrothermal origin. It is composed o...
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Six artificial communities with different function or biodiversity were reconstructed by six typical bioleaching species for chalcopyrite leaching. Absence of sulfur oxidizers in communities significantly reduced copper extraction rates, and low diversity communities also exhibited slightly poor bioleaching performances. The variations of pH, redox...
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The study presents a comparison of the influence of a clinoptilolite-rich rock-zeolite (commonly used for improving anaerobic digestion processes)-and a highly porous clay mineral, halloysite (mainly used for gas purification), on the biogas production process. Batch experiments showed that the addition of each mineral increased the efficiency of m...
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Background: Carotenoids are natural tetraterpene pigments widely utilized in the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries. Currently, chemical synthesis of these compounds outperforms their production in Escherichia coli or yeast due to the limited efficiency of the latter. The use of natural microbial carotenoid producers, such as bacteria of...
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Plants, that naturally inhabit arsenic-contaminated areas may be used for effective arsenic-uptake from soil. The efficiency of this process may be increased by reducing arsenic phytotoxicity and stimulating the activity of indigenous soil microbiota. As we showed, it can be achieved by the bioaugmenting of soil with arsenite-oxidizing bacteria (AO...
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Coal-fired power facilities generate a polymetallic effluent (Flue Gas Desulfurization-FGD) rich in sulfate. FGD effluents may be considered an important secondary resource. This paper investigates the recovery of sulfate as barite (BaSO4), a mineral with high commercial value and a critical raw material. Using equimolar BaCl2, >99% desulfurization...
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Recycling of waste electrical and electronic equipment including spent batteries focuses on maximizing the material recovery efficiency (of metals, polymers, or solvents) and decreasing the negative environmental impact of leachates that remain after the treatment (i.e. the secondary wastes). The major aim of this study was to develop a novel, low-...
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Coal-fired power stations generate a polymetallic, sulfate-rich effluent (Flue Gas Desulfurization - FGD) [1]. FGD effluents are currently considered an important secondary resource [2]. A quarter of the EU energy mix is based on coal combustion, the main consumers and FGD producers being Germany and Poland. This paper investigates the recovery of...
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A literature-based, manually-curated database of PCR primers for the detection of antibiotic resistance genes in various environments was constructed (LCPDb-ARG; lcpdb.ddg.biol.uw.edu.pl and lcpdb.ddlemb.com). Currently, this database is comprised of 607 PCR primer pairs designed for the amplification of various genes conferring resistance to antib...
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Coal-fired power facilities generate a polymetallic effluent (Flue Gas Desulfurization – FGD) rich in sulfate [1]. FGD effluents are currently considered an important secondary resource yielding selenium nanoparticles, biogas and minerals [2]. Furthermore, FGD is produced in large volumes in EU (25% of its energy mix is based on coal combustion), U...
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Coal-fired power facilities generate a polymetallic effluent (Flue Gas Desulfurization – FGD) rich in sulfate [1]. FGD effluents are currently considered an important secondary resource yielding selenium nanoparticles, biogas and minerals [2]. Furthermore, FGD is produced in large volumes in EU (25% of its energy mix is based on coal combustion), U...
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In this study, we used a multifaceted approach to select robust bioaugmentation candidates for enhancing biogas production and to demonstrate the usefulness of a genome-centric approach for strain selection for specific bioaugmentation purposes. We also investigated the influence of the isolation source of bacterial strains on their metabolic poten...
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Background: Bacteria are involved in the biogeochemical cycle of selenium (Se) being a key factor in the cycling of the element in Nature. Specialized bacteria show high selectivity towards selenium present in complex solutions (industrial effluents) because they employ enzyme systems with high affinity for this element. One such strain is Shewanel...
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Bog iron ores are known for their sorption properties regarding heavy metals. However, they have not been commonly used as sorbents of arsenic compounds. The aim of this study was to investigate As(III) and As(V) immobilization by bog iron. The tests included varying initial As concentrations (0.01-20 mM), and initial pH values (2-12), and also sor...
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Shewanella sp. O23S is a dissimilatory arsenate reducing bacterial strain involved in arsenic transformations within the abandoned gold mine in Zloty Stok (SW Poland). Previous physiological studies revealed that O23S may not only release arsenic from minerals, but also facilitate its immobilization through co-precipitation with reduced sulfur spec...
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Background Although interactions between microorganisms involved in biogas production are largely uncharted, it is commonly accepted that methanogenic Archaea are essential for the process. Methanogens thrive in various environments, but the most extensively studied communities come from biogas plants. In this study, we employed a metagenomic analy...
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Arsenic contamination of potable water is a matter of grave environmental concern worldwide. Constant technological progress caused permanent water pollution with arsenic compounds in many regions of the world. Intake of As(V)-contaminated water poses a great threat to human and animal health as it is extremely toxic and carcinogenic. Among many me...
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Constant technological progress combined with neglect of the past caused permanent water pollution with arsenic compounds in many regions of the world. The properties of arsenic depend on its valence state. The most toxic is As(III) and As(V). Among many methods of As removal, ones based on application of iron oxyhydroxides or oxyhydroxide-rich sor...
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Ensifer (Sinorhizobium) sp. M14 is an efficient arsenic-oxidizing bacterium (AOB) that displays high resistance to numerous metals and various stressors. Here, we report the draft genome sequence and genome-guided characterization of Ensifer sp. M14, and we describe a pilot-scale installation applying the M14 strain for remediation of arsenic-conta...
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Sewage sludge is an abundant source of microorganisms that are metabolically active against numerous contaminants, and thus possibly useful in environmental biotechnologies. However, amongst the sewage sludge isolates, pathogenic bacteria can potentially be found, and such isolates should therefore be carefully tested before their application. A no...
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Identification of microorganisms on the surfaces of historical objects traditionally involves classical microbiology techniques. Cultivation methods allow, to a limited extent, the investigation of microbial biodiversity occurring in the environment. The aim of this study was to select microbiological media, the use of which enables cultivation of...
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Selenium (Se) and bacteria interact in a complex interplay as the element serves a number of functions including i) assimilatory metabolism (production of aminoacids), ii) dissimilatory metabolism (production of cellular energy in the form of ATP), and iii) detoxification. Conversely, bacteria have been shown to mediate all known valence state tran...
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Microbialites are modern analogs of ancient microbial consortia that date as far back as the Archaean Eon. Microbialites have contributed to the geochemical history of our planet through their diverse metabolic capacities that mediate mineral precipitation. These mineral-forming microbial assemblages accumulate major ions, trace elements and biomas...
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The main element of PbRS (passive (bio)remediation systems) are sorbents, which act as natural filters retaining heavy metals and carriers of microorganisms involved in water treatment. Thus, the effectiveness of PbRS is determined by the quality of the (ad)sorbents, which should be stable under various environmental conditions, have a wide range o...
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The main aim of this study was the characterisation of novel Raoutella isolate, an iron-reducing and uranium-precipitating strain, originating from microbial mats occurring in the sediments of a closed down uranium mine in Kowary (SW Poland). Characterisation was done in the context of its potential role in the functioning of these mats and the pos...
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The main aim of this study was the characterisation of novel Raoutella isolate, an iron-reducing and uranium-precipitating strain, originating from microbial mats occurring in the sediments of a closed down uranium mine in Kowary (SW Poland). Characterisation was done in the context of its potential role in the functioning of these mats and the pos...
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Dissimilatory arsenate reducing bacteria (DARB) are known to contribute to the mobilization of arsenic and other elements from minerals. Despite this, metabolic capabilities of only a few DARB strains have been thoroughly investigated so far, and the influence of these bacteria on the bioavailability of arsenic in the environment is still a topic f...
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A well-balanced microbial consortium is crucial for efficient biogas production. In turn, one of a major factor that influence on the structure of anaerobic digestion (AD) consortium is a source of microorganisms which are used as an inoculum. This study evaluated the influence of inoculum sources (with various origin) on adaptation of a biogas com...
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A solution to the problems associated with low efficiency of purification of arsenic-contaminated water and/or high installation costs may be the use of adsorption process and application of bog iron ores (RD) as an adsorbent. The aim of this study is to determine the sorption efficiency of RD with regards to arsenic and zinc, to verify the obtaine...
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Adsorption plays a significant role in remediation of waters contaminated with arsenic, but the efficiency of the process varies depending on the sorbent properties. Bog iron ores (BIOs), characterized by a high sorption capacity and widespread availability, seem to be an optimal sorbent of arsenic. However, the use of BIOs for arsenic removal from...
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Aeromonas spp. are among the most ubiquitous microorganisms, as they have been isolated from different environmental niches including waters, soil, as well as wounds and digestive tracts of poikilothermic animals and humans. Although much attention has been paid to the pathogenicity of Aeromonads, the role of these bacteria in environmentally impor...
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The main aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of the source of microorganisms on the selection of hydrolytic consortia dedicated to anaerobic digestion of maize silage. The selection process was investigated based on the analysis of changes in the hydrolytic activity and the diversity of microbial communities derived from (i) a hydrolyzer o...
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Many arsenite oxidizing bacteria show potential for application in bioremediation of arsenic-contaminated waters, but most can be used effectively only under conditions similar to those prevailing at their isolation site. This problem may be overcome by the use of the plasmid pSinA, which provides its hosts arsenite oxidation ability. However, the...
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Sinorhizobium sp. M14 is an As(III)-oxidizing, psychrotolerant strain, capable of growth in the presence of extremely high concentrations of arsenic and many other heavy metals. Metallotolerant abilities of the M14 strain depend upon the presence of two extrachromosomal replicons, pSinA (∼ 109 kb) and pSinB (∼ 300 kb). The latter was subjected to c...
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Two microbial mats found inside two old (gold and uranium) mines in Zloty Stok and Kowary located in SW Poland seem to form a natural barrier that traps heavy metals leaking from dewatering systems. We performed complex physiological and metagenomic analyses to determine which microorganisms are the main driving agents responsible for self-purifica...