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Environmental Microbiology Technology Group

Group Leader: Yang Min Laboratory: State Key Laboratory of Environmental Aquatic Chemistry

Environmental Microbiology Technology Group 

  Yang Min. MSc (1989) and Ph.D in Environmental Engineering (1992) from Hiroshima University (Japan). He worked in Organo Co. (Japan) for 6 years before moving to Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences (RCEES), Chinese Academy of Sciences. His research topics include: (1) occurrence and fates of taste/odors, DBPs and micropollutants in drinking water; (2)wastewater treatment and toxicity reduction technologies for petroleum, chemical engineering and pharmaceutical industries; system optimization and effluent safety for municipal wastewater. 

Contact:E-mail: yangmin@rcees.ac.cn; Fax; Tel:10-62928390:10-62928390

High Concentrations of the Antibiotic Spiramycin in Wastewater Lead to High

Abundance of Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaea in Nitrifying Populations 

Yu Zhang*, Zhe Tian, Miaomiao Liu, Min Yang* 

  To evaluate the potential effects of antibiotics on ammonia oxidizing microbes, multiple tools including quantitative PCR (qPCR), 454-pyrosequencing, and a high-throughput functional gene array (GeoChip) were used to reveal the distribution of ammonia-oxidizing archaea (AOA) and archaeal amoA (Arch-amoA) genes in three wastewater treatment systems receiving spiramycin or oxytetracycline production wastewaters. The qPCR results revealed that the copy number ratios of Arch-amoA to ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) amoA genes were the highest in the spiramycin full-scale (5.30) and pilot-scale systems (1.49 × 10−1), followed by the oxytetracycline system (4.90 × 10−4), with no Arch-amoA genes detected in the control systems treating sewage or inosine production wastewater. The pyrosequencing result showed that the relative abundance of AOA affiliated with Thaumarchaeota accounted for 78.5−99.6% of total archaea in the two spiramycin systems, which was in accordance with the qPCR results. Mantel test based on GeoChip data showed that Arch-amoA gene signal intensity correlated with the presence of spiramycin (P < 0.05). Antibiotics explained 25.8% of variations in amoA functional gene structures by variance partitioning analysis. This study revealed the selection of AOA in the presence of high concentrations of spiramycin in activated sludge systems.

References:  

  Zhang Y, Tian Z, Liu M, Shi ZJ, Hale L, Zhou J, Yang M. High Concentrations of the Antibiotic Spiramycin in Wastewater Lead to High Abundance of Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaea in Nitrifying Populations. Environ Sci Technol. 2015, 49(15): 9124-9132.

Group Leader: Prof. Min Yang

Member 

Yu Zhang 

Professor 

Yingxin Gao 

Associate Professor 

Wei An 

Associate Professor 

Jianwei Yu 

Associate Professor 

Binghui Tian 

Associate Professor 

Rong Qi 

Assistant Professor 

Haifeng Zhang 

Assistant Professor 

Ming Shu 

Assistant Professor 

Ze Tian 

Assistant Professor 

Ran Ding 

Assistant Professor 

Dongqing Zhang 

Secretary 

Lihua Xin 

Lab manager  

Hui Chen 

Lab manager Assistant 

Meng Yang 

Lab manager Assistant 

  Postdoctoral Fellow 

Yongzhi Chi 

2013 

Chunyan Wang 

2013 

Qin Wang 

2013 

Juan Wang 

2015 

Yuan Liu 

2015 

Ganesh 

2015 

Students 

Degree 

Year 

Qizhen Yi  

Ph.D 

2011 

DEV JOSHI 

Ph.D 

2012 

Hong Zhang 

Ph.D 

2013 

Qingyuan Guo 

Ph.D 

2012 

Hongrui Chen 

Ph.D 

2012 

Xin Wang 

Ph.D 

2012 

Wenzhe Song 

Ph.D 

2014 

Dong Chen 

Ph.D 

2014 

Niansi Fan 

Ph.D 

2015 

Kai Yang 

Ph.D 

2013 

Yanhong Shi 

Ph.D 

2013 

Zeyu Jia 

Ph.D 

2015 

Tingting Liu 

Ph.D 

2015 

Jiaoqi Huyan 

Ph.D 

2014 

Yuqiong Song 

Master 

2013 

Wei Liu 

Master 

2013 

Luer Bao 

Master 

2012 

Yong Yu 

Master 

2013 

Jie Ma 

Master 

2013 

Chunmiao Wang 

Master 

2014 

Qiuqiu Zhang 

Master 

2014 

Representative Publications: 

  1.Yu Zhang*, Zhe Tian, Miaomiao Liu, Zhou Jason Shi, Lauren Hale, Jizhong Zhou, Min Yang*. High Concentrations of the Antibiotic Spiramycin in Wastewater Lead to High Abundance of Ammonia-Oxidizing Archaea in Nitrifying Populations. Environmental Science & Technology.2015,49 (15), 9124–9132. 

  2.Ming Su, Jianwei Yu, Junzhi Zhang, Hui Chen, Wei An, Rolf D. Vogt, Tom Andersen, Dongmin Jia, Jingshi Wang, Min Yang. MIB-producing cyanobacteria (Planktothrix sp.) in a drinking water reservoir: Distribution and odor producing potential.Water Research.2015,68:444-453. 

  3.Zhe Tian, Yu Zhang*, Yuyou Li,Yongzhi Chi , Min Yang. Rapid establishment of thermophilic anaerobic microbial community during the one-step startup of thermophilic anaerobic digestion from a mesophilic digester. Water Research.2015,69:9-19.


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