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The Mycology and Environmental Microbiology Unit

The Mycology and Environmental Microbiology Unit has carried out sound research tasks since 1983, internationally valued for the high quality of its scientific output.

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The research activity that is developed can be grouped into 4 fundamentals:

  • Medical Mycology: the study of fungi causing disease in humans and its treatment.
  • Fungal diversity: the taxonomic study of fungal species already known and others new to science using classical and molecular techniques.
  • Histopathology: development of histological techniques for the diagnosis of fungal infections as well as tools for evaluation of experimental treatments.
  • Environmental microbiology: Studies were performed with bacteria as indicators of water quality for human consumption as well as the virulence factors of these microorganisms and their effects on the population.

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Techniques

• Techniques of isolation and cultivation of filamentous fungi from clinical samples and environmental substrates.
• Microscopic identification of fungi in clinical and environmental sources.
• Epidemiological studies and molecular identification based on the study of ITS and RFLP.
• PCR amplification.
• DNA sequencing.
• Genotypic studies of microorganisms for MLST and DNA-DNA hybridisation.
• Determination of in vitro resistance / sensitivity of fungi to antifungals.
• Establishment of infection models in mice, rabbits and guinea pigs.
• Evaluation of experimental treatments in animal models.
• Determination of serum levels for bioassay of antifungals.
• Diagnostic immunoassay.
• Processing, staining and histological analysis of samples (H & E, GMC, PASS ...).
• Evaluation of microbiological contamination of water.
• Cloning of virulence factors in Aeromonas and Arcobacter.
• Deletion of putative virulence genes.
 

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Contact

Unitat de Micologia i Microbiologia Ambiental
Facultat de Medicina
Carrer Sant Llorenç 21, 43201 Reus
Tel. central: 977759345 / Fax: 977759322
Tel. Laboratory: 977759341
 

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