Graduate Students

Octavio Pérez

M.Sc.: Use, Management and Conservation of Natural Resources

2006-2009

Center for Biological Research of the Northwest, La Paz, Mexico.

Thesis: Heterotrophic growth of Chlorella vulgaris coimmobilized with Azospirillum brasilense in alginate beads to remove nitrogen and phosphorus from wastewater.

Type of support: Financial and scientific advising.

Publication from thesis:

Perez-Garcia, O., Bashan, Y., and Puente M.E. 2011. Organic carbon supplementation of sterilized municipal wastewater is essential for heterotrophic growth and removing ammonium by the microalga Chlorella vulgaris. Journal of Phycology. 47: 190-199.

Perez-Garcia, O., Escalante, F.M.E., de-Bashan L.E., and Bashan, Y. 2011. Heterotrophic cultures of microalgae: Metabolism and potential products. Water Research. 45: 11-36.

Perez-Garcia, O., de-Bashan, L.E., Hernandez, J.P., and Bashan, Y. 2010. Efficiency of growth and nutrient uptake from wastewater by heterotrophic, autotrophic, and mixotrophic cultivation of Chlorella vulgaris immobilized with Azospirillum brasilense. Journal of Phycology. 46: 800-812.

Octavio analyzing dissolved oxygen in some samples of wastewater from the wastewater treatment plant of La Paz, Mexico


Adán Trejo Rangel

Diploma in Biology

2005-2006

The Autonomus Metropolitan University (UAM), Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico.

Thesis: Characterization of Chlorella sorokiniana LAP1, a heat and solar-radiation tolerant microalgae, for wastewater treatment under extreme desert conditions.

Type of support: Financial and scientific advising.

Publication from thesis:

de-Bashan, L.E., Trejo, A., Huss, V.A.R., Hernandez, J.P., and Bashan, Y. 2008. Chlorella sorokiniana UTEX 2805, a heat and intense, sunlight-tolerant microalga with potential for removing ammonium from wastewater. Bioresource Technology. 99: 4980-4989.

Juan Pablo Hernandez (left) and Adan Trejo (right) evaluating a high light intensity- high temperature photobioreactor for wastewater treatment with microalgae


Luis A. Leyva

M.Sc.: Use, Management and Conservation of Natural Resources

2003-2006

Center for Biological Research of the Northwest. La Paz, Mexico.

Thesis: Effect of gluconic acid on its metabolic enzymes in the plant growth-promoting bacterium Azospirillum brasilense Cd associated with mesquite trees.

Type of support: Financial and scientific advising.

Publication from thesis:

Leyva L.A. and Bashan, Y. 2008. Activity of two catabolic enzymes of the phosphogluconate pathway in mesquite roots inoculated with Azospirillum brasilense Cd. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 46: 898-904.

Luis Leyva and Claudia Rojas are constructing an anti-herbivorous metal fence in a field experiment using native desert trees to protect the newly planted seedlings (2004).

Luis Leyva is helping to eradicate an invasive grass in CIBNOR field preserve to make room for re-vegetation with native plants (2003).