06 Feb 2024 EVENT

Join Us for Insightful Discoveries: Imptox Workshop on Microplastics at FoodMicro 2024, Burgos

Researchers present the latest in the field of microplastics and microbiome interactions in a pre-conference workshop on July 8th.

The FoodMicro 2024 symposium, taking place from July 8 – 11 in Burgos, Spain, will feature a key pre-conference event: the Imptox workshop on “Microplastics and Microbiome Interactions: Sharing Insights and Exploring New Pathways.” This workshop is at the heart of the symposium's pre-conference agenda, offering a focused platform for discussions on this critical environmental and health issue.

Organized by Imptox researcher Andreja Rajkovic from Ghent University, the workshop aims to convene experts, researchers, and industry professionals to exchange ideas and share the latest findings in the field.

This year's FoodMicro conference emphasizes the impact of new technologies in food production and microbiological analysis. The event promises to be a platform for discussing how these advancements are driving improvements in food safety and quality, covering a broad spectrum from wet lab studies to global changes affecting the food web.

The workshop, set for July 8th from 9:00 to 11:00 at the University of Burgos, will focus on the emerging concerns surrounding the interactions between microbial pathogens and microplastics. These interactions are significant for several reasons: microplastics can act as vectors for pathogens, providing a surface for biofilm formation and altering the diversity of microbial communities. Such changes may have implications for the spread of diseases, the health of higher trophic levels, and potentially human health as well. The workshop will also explore the role of microplastics in antibiotic resistance and disease transmission, presenting the latest research findings from Imptox and other collaborative projects.

The Imptox project is dedicated to addressing the challenges posed by micro- and nanoplastic pollution, focusing on their toxicity and effects combined with environmental contaminants. By developing an analytical platform for studying these effects, the project aims to enhance our understanding and management of plastic pollution's impact on health.

Participants of the workshop will have the opportunity to hear from several researchers presenting state-of-the-art findings on the interactions between microplastics and microorganisms, as well as their direct and indirect effects on human health. This session not only aims to highlight the latest scientific developments but also to foster discussions on new research pathways and collaborative efforts to address the multifaceted impacts of microplastics.

For those interested in attending the workshop, additional details can be found at the conference website: https://foodmicro2024.com/workshops.php.

Abstract submissions for the conference itself are open until February 11th, offering an opportunity for researchers to contribute their insights to this important field: https://foodmicro2024.com/home.php.