Aquatic Microbial Ecotoxicology (EMA)

Benthic communities as a tool to assess ecotoxicological effects and ecological quality in contaminated freshwaters


While invisible to the naked eye, aquatic microbial communities contribute to a wide range of ecological functions and ecosystem services, including primary production, organic matter degradation, nutrient recycling, micropollutant dissipation and transformation. Given the widespread contamination of the environment that occurred in a context of global change, preserving aquatic ecosystem health requires to protect microbial diversity and functions from the adverse ecological effects of micropollutants and multiple stressors.


In this context, our Research Group on Aquatic Microbial Ecology combines microcosm experiments and in situ surveys to provide knowledge and develop innovative tools and approaches to:

  • Describe how micropollutants affect the vulnerability and resilience of benthic microbial biodiversity and associated ecological functions in a context of multiple stresses,
  • Evaluate the ecological quality of contaminated aquatic ecosystems through the study of natural periphytic and sediment microbial communities.

19 October 2023

Conferences of Hélène Rogue and Laura Kergoat (AFEM 2023)

Laura Kergoat (Post-Doc/Research Engineer) and Hélène Rogue (Phd Student) have presented their research during the 11th conference of the French Association of Microbial Ecology (AFEM), which took place in Carqueiranne from October 17 to 20, 2023.

13 July 2023

Audition of Stéphane Pesce at the French National Assembly

Commission of investigation into the causes of France's failure to meet the objectives of successive plans to control the impact of plant protection products on human and environmental health

27 June 2023

Villeurbanne, France

PhD Thesis Defense of Laura KERGOAT

PhD Thesis Defense of Laura KERGOAT
EcotoxicoMic steering committee
10th anniversary of the French section of the EcotoxicoMic network