• E-mailAntonio.Moyano@uib.no
  • Phone+47 55 58 45 04
  • Visitor Address
    Department of Biological Sciences
    Thormøhlensgate 53
    5008 Bergen
  • Postal Address
    Postboks 7803
    5020 Bergen

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Networking: Nenun and Nordic Network og Astrobiology


Comparative physiology (BIO104)

M. Martínez-Martínez et al. (2017). Determinants and prediction of esterase substrate promiscuity patterns. ACS Chemical Biology: 10.1021/acschembio.7b00996.


A. García-Moyano, A. Erling Austnes, A. Lanzén, E. González-Toril, A. Aguilera, L. Øvreås. (2015). Novel and unexpected microbial diversity in acid mine drainage in Svalbard (78°N), revealed by culture-independent approaches. Microorganisms 3(4): 667-694.


E. González-Toril, E. Santofimia, E. López-Pamo, A. García-Moyano, A. Aguilera, R. Amils (2014). Comparative microbial ecology of the water column of an extreme acidic pit lake, Nuestra Señora del Carmen, and the Río Tinto basin (Iberian Pyrite Belt). International Microbiology 17: 225-233.


Y. Blanco, L.A. Rivas, A. García-Moyano, J. Aguirre, P. Cruz-Gil, A. Palacín, E. van Heerden and V. Parro (2014). Deciphering the Prokaryotic Community and Metabolisms in South African Deep-Mine Biofilms through Antibody Microarrays and Graph Theory. PLoS ONE 9(12): e114180.


A. García-Moyano, E. González-Toril, A. Aguilera and R. Amils (2012). Comparative microbial ecology study of the sediments and the water column of Río Tinto, an extreme acidic environment. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 81: 303-314.


J.F. Stolz, M.M. Berekaa, E. Fisher, G. Polshyna, M. Thangavelu, R. Dheer, A. Garcia-Moyano, S. El-Assar and P. Basu (2011). Methods for the detection of Arsenate-Respiring Bacteria: Advances, Cautions and Caveats. In “Microbial Metal and Metalloid Metabolism, Advances and Applications” J.F. Stolz and R.S. Oremland (eds.). ASM Press. Washington, DC. USA.


R. Amils, E. González-Toril, A. Aguilera, N. Rodríguez, D. Fernández- Remolar, F. Gómez, A. García-Moyano, M. Malki, M. Oggerin, I. Sánchez-Andrea and J.L. Sanz (2011). From río Tinto to Mars: the terrestrial and extraterrestrial ecology of acidophiles. Advances in Applied Microbiology 77: 41-70.


G. Borgonie, A. García-Moyano, D. Litthauer, W. Bert, A. Bester, E. van Heerden, C. Möller, M. Erasmus and T.C. Onstott (2011). Nematoda from the terrestrial deep subsurface of South Africa. Nature 474: 79–82.


A. García-Moyano, E. González-Toril & R. Amils (2009). Characterization of the anoxic sediments of Rio Tinto: Biohydrometallurgical Implications. Advanced Materials Research 71:109-112.


A. García-Moyano, E. González-Toril and R. Amils (2008). Evaluation of Leptospirillum spp. in the Río Tinto, a model of interest to biohydrometallurgy. Hydrometallurgy 94: 155-161.


P. Garrido, E. González-Toril, A. García-Moyano, M. Moreno-Paz, R. Amils and V. Parro (2008). An oligonucleotide prokaryotic acidophilic microarray: its validation and its use to monitor seasonal variations in extreme acidic environments with total environmental RNA. Environmental Microbiology 4: 836-850.


A. García-Moyano, E. González-Toril, A. Aguilera & R. Amils (2007). Prokaryotic community composition and Ecology of floating macroscopic filaments from an extreme acidic environment, Río Tinto (SW, Spain). Systematic and Applied Microbiology 30: 601-614.


R. Amils, E. González-Toril, D. Fernández Remolar, F. Gómez, A. Aguilera, N. Rodríguez, M. Malki, A. García-Moyano, A. González- Fairén, V. de la Fuente & J.L. Sanz (2007). Extreme environments as Mars terrestrial analogues: the Río Tinto case. Planetary and Space Science 55: 370-381.


E. González-Toril, A. García-Moyano, & R. Amils (2005). Phylogeny of prokaryotic microorganisms from the Tinto River. In “IBS-05” S.T.L. Harrison, D.E. Rawlings and J. Petersen (eds.), IBS2005, Cape Town. 737-749.

Journal articles
  • Coscolin, Cristina; Martínez-Martínez, Mónica; Chow, Jennifer; Bargiela, Rafael; Garcia-Moyano, Antonio; Bjerga, Gro Elin Kjæreng; Bollinger, Alexander; Stokke, Runar; Steen, Ida Helene; Golyshina, Olga V.; Yakimov, Michail M.; Jaeger, Karl-Erich; Yakunin, Alexander F.; Streit, Wolfgang R.; Golyshin, Peter N.; Ferrer, Manuel. 2018. Relationships between substrate promiscuity and chiral selectivity of esterases from phylogenetically and environmentally diverse microorganisms. Catalysts. 8: 1-8. doi: 10.3390/catal8010010
  • Martínez-Martínez, Monica; Cascolín, Cristina; Santiago, Gerard; Chow, Jennifer; Stogios, Peter J.; Bargiela, Rafael; Gertler, Christoph; Navarro-Fernandez, Jose; Bollinger, Alexander; Thies, Stephan; Méndez-García, Celia; Popovic, Ana; Brown, Greg; Chernikova, Tatyana N.; Garcia-Moyano, Antonio; Bjerga, Gro Elin Kjæreng; Pérez-García, Pablo; Hai, Tran; Del Pozo, Merceded V.; Stokke, Runar; Steen, Ida Helene; Cui, Hong; Xiaohui, Xui; Nocek, Boguslaw P.; Alcaide, María; Distaso, Marco; Mesa, Victoria; Peláez, Ana I.; Sánchez, Jesùs; Buchholz, Patrick C. F.; Pleiss, Jürgen; Fernándes-Guerra, Antonio; Glöckner, Frank O.; Golyshina, Olga V.; Yakimov, Michail M.; Savchenko, Alexei; Jaeger, Karl-Erich; Yakunin, Alexander F.; Streit, Wolfgang R.; Golyshin, Peter N.; Guallar, Víctor; Ferrer, Manuel. 2017. Determinants and Prediction of Esterase Substrate Promiscuity Patterns. Journal of the American Chemical Society. 13: 225-234. Published 2017-11-28. doi: 10.1021/acschembio.7b00996
  • Garcia-Moyano, Antonio; Austnes, Andreas Erling; Lanzén, Anders; Gonzalez-Toril, Elena; Aguilera, Ángeles; Øvreås, Lise. 2015. Novel and Unexpected Microbial Diversity in Acid Mine Drainage in Svalbard (78° N), Revealed by Culture-Independent Approaches. Microorganisms. 3: 667-694. Published 2015-10-13. doi: 10.3390/microorganisms3040667
  • Blanco, Yolanda; Rivas, Luis A.; Garcia-Moyano, Antonio; Aguirre, Jacobo; Cruz-Gil, Patricia; Palacín, Arantxa; van Heerden, Esta; Parro, Victor. 2014. Deciphering the prokaryotic community and metabolisms in South African deep-mine biofilms through antibody microarrays and graph theory. PLoS ONE. 9. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0114180
  • Garcia-Moyano, Antonio; Elena, González-Toril; Ángeles, Aguilera; Ricardo, Amils. 2012. Comparative microbial ecology study of the sediments and the water column of the Río Tinto, an extreme acidic environment. FEMS Microbiology Ecology. 81: 303-314. doi: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2012.01346.x
  • Amils, Ricardo; Gonzalez-Toril, Elena; Aguilera, Ángeles; Rodríguez, Nicolás J.I.; Fernández-Remolar, David; Gómez, Felipe; Garcia-Moyano, Antonio; Malki, Moustafa; Oggerin, Monika; Sánchez-Andrea, Irene; Sanz, Jose Luis. 2011. From Rio Tinto to Mars: The terrestrial and extraterrestrial ecology of acidophiles. Advances in Applied Microbiology. 77: 41-70. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-387044-5.00002-9
  • Gaetan, Borgonie; Garcia-Moyano, Antonio; Derek, Litthauer; Wim, Bert; Armand, Bester; Esta, van Heerden; Christelle, Möller; Mariana, Erasmus; Tullis C., Onstott. 2011. Nematoda from the terrestrial deep subsurface of South Africa. Nature. 474: 79-82. doi: 10.1038/nature09974
  • Gonzalez-Toril, Elena; Aguilera, Ángeles; Rodríguez, Nuria; Fernández-Remolar, David; Gómez, Felipe; Díaz, Emiliano; Garcia-Moyano, Antonio; Sanz, Jose Luis; Amils, Ricardo. 2010. Microbial ecology of Río Tinto, a natural extreme acidic environment of biohydrometallurgical interest. Hydrometallurgy. 104: 329-333. doi: 10.1016/j.hydromet.2010.01.011
  • Garcia-Moyano, Antonio; Gonzalez-Toril, Elena; Moreno-Paz, Mercedes; Parro, Victor; Amils, Ricardo. 2008. Evaluation of Leptospirillum spp. in the Río Tinto, a model of interest to biohydrometallurgy. Hydrometallurgy. 94: 155-161. doi: 10.1016/j.hydromet.2008.05.046
  • Garcia-Moyano, Antonio; González-Toril, Elena; Aguilera, Ángeles; Amils, Ricardo. 2008. Prokaryotic community composition and ecology of floating macroscopic filaments from an extreme acidic environment, Río Tinto (SW, Spain). Systematic and Applied Microbiology. 30: 601-614. doi: 10.1016/j.syapm.2007.08.002
  • Garrido, Patricia; González-Toril, Elena; Garcia-Moyano, Antonio; Moreno-Paz, Mercedes; Amils, Ricardo; Parro, Victor. 2008. An oligonucleotide prokaryotic acidophile microarray: its validation and its use to monitor seasonal variations in extreme acidic environments with total environmental RNA. Environmental Microbiology. 10: 836-850. doi: 10.1111/j.1462-2920.2008.01477.x
  • Amils, Ricardo; Gonzalez-Toril, Elena; Fernández-Remolar, David; Gómez, Felipe; Aguilera, Ángeles; Rodríguez, Nuria; Malki, Moustafa; Garcia-Moyano, Antonio; G. Fairén, Alberto; de la Fuente, Vicenta; Sanz, Jose Luis. 2007. Extreme environments as Mars terrestrial analogs: The Rio Tinto case. Planetary and Space Science. 55: 370-381. doi: 10.1016/j.pss.2006.02.006

More information in national current research information system (CRIStin)

Master degree


  • Kjetil Dale (Bio,UiB). Functional and structural analyses of split and full-length transketolase enzyme isoforms, from the anaerobic thermophilic bacterium Thermovirga lienii.
  • Sudeep Karki (Bio, UiB). Molecular cloning, purification, structural study and substrate identification of thermostable sugar aminotransferases.


  • Andreas Erling Austnes (Bio, UiB). Characterization of microbial communities in moderate to severe acid mine drainage sites associated to Arctic coal mining in Svalbard.

Bachelor degree


  • Sami M. Jiatsa (U. Complutense Madrid). Analysis of sulphate reducing bacteria in different acid drainages by using of the funcional dsrB gene as a marker.
  • ProBone - New tools for prospecting the marine bone-degrading microbiome for new enzymes (ERA-Net - Marine Biotechnology)
  • Thermostable Isomerase Processes for Biotechnology (TIPs). ERA-Net-Ib2.
  • Industrial Applications of Marine Enzymes: Innovative screening and expression platforms to discover and use the functional protein diversity from the sea (INMARE). CORDIS
  • Production of Neosaxitoxin using genetic methods. BIOTEK2021.
  • Novel thermostable enzymes for industrial biotechnology (Thermogene). ERA-Net-Ib.
  • New hydrolytic biocatalysts. NILS mobility program - EEA.
  • Geomicrobiology og acid coal mine drainage in the Arctic: diversity, processes and ecology.
  • The acidic and neutral counterparts within the terrestrial Fe cycle: processes, connections and microbial diversity. EuroPlanet TNA.
  • Metagenomics Platform. South African Department of Science and Technology and National Science Foundation.

Research groups