Dr. Ariel Turcios

Dr. Ariel Turcios worked as a postdoctoral scientist at IAPN from January 2019 until September 2020. He supported the teaching in the field of applied plant nutrition and held the lecture "Plant Nutrition Meets Plant Physiology" in the Bachelor's degree program of agricultural sciences at the University of Göttingen. Furthermore, he supervised students in their seminars and final theses, as well as scientific work and projects related to water-use efficiency at IAPN.


From October 2013 to December 2016, Ariel Turcios did his doctoral studies in Biology at the Institute of Botany, Leibniz University Hannover. Hereby he worked interdisciplinary with the engineering sciences on the following research topic: "Use of halophytes as biofilters to decrease organic and inorganic contaminants in water and their further use for biogas production". This research analyzes the possible use of halophytes, salt-tolerant plants, as biofilters to reduce the concentration of pollutants in water (eg nitrate, phosphate and xenobiotics) and their further use for biogas production through the anaerobic digestion process. During his doctorate, Ariel Turcios received the Christian-Kuhlemann-Foundation Award for his outstanding scientific achievements and social and cultural engagement at Leibniz University Hannover. He also supported national and international students, both at the University of San Carlos de Guatemala and at the Leibniz University Hannover.

The educational background of Dr. Turcios includes a M.Sc. in Water Resources Management. He holds a bachelor degree in agricultural engineering from the University of San Carlos de Guatemala, with experience in sustainable agricultural production systems.



Publications in refereed journals and refereed conference proceedings.

Cuff, G.; Turcios, A.E.; Mohammad-Pajooh, E.; Kujawski, O.; Weichgrebe, D. & Rosenwinkel, K.H. (2018): Bioaccumulation of metals and granular sludge development in a newly-inoculated high rate anaerobic reactor. Bioresource Technology Reports 3, 119-126. doi: 10.1016/j.biteb.2018.07.012.

Cuff, G.; Turcios, A.E.; Mohammad-Pajooh, E.; Kujawski, O.; Weichgrebe, D. & Rosenwinkel, K.H. (2018): High-rate anaerobic treatment of wastewater from soft drink industry: Methods, performance and experiences. Journal of Environmental Management 220, 8-15. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.05.015.

Mohammad-Pajooh, E.; Turcios, A.E., Cuff, G.; Weichgrebe, D.; Rosenwinkel, K.H.; Vedenyapina, M.D. & Sharifullina, L.R. (2018): Removal of inert COD and trace metals from stabilized landfill leachate by granular activated carbon (GAC) adsorption. Journal of Environmental Management 228, 189-196. doi: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.09.020.

Turcios, A.E. & Papenbrock, J. (2018): Biofiltration of the antibacterial drug sulfamethazine by the species Chenopodium quinoa and its further biodegradation through anaerobic digestion. Journal of Environmental Sciences 75, 54-63. doi: 10.1016/j.jes.2018.02.022.

Cejas, I.; Rumlow, A.; Turcios, A.E.; Engelmann, F.; Martínez, M.E.; Yabor, L.; Papenbrock, J. & Lorenzo, J.C. (2016): Exposure of common bean seeds to liquid nitrogen modifies mineral composition of young plantlet leaves. American Journal of Plant Sciences 7 (12), 1612-1617. doi: 10.4236/ajps.2016.712152.

Turcios, A.E.; Weichgrebe, D. & Papenbrock, J. (2016a): Effect of salt and sodium concentration on the anaerobic methanisation of the halophyte Tripolium pannonicum. Biomass & Bioenergy 87, 69-77. doi: 10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.01.013.

Turcios, A.E.; Weichgrebe, D. & Papenbrock, J. (2016b): Potential use of the facultative halophyte Chenopodium quinoa Willd. As substrate for biogas production cultivated with different concentrations of sodium chloride under hydroponic conditions. Bioresource Technology 203, 272-279. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2015.12.061.

Turcios, A.E.; Weichgrebe, D. & Papenbrock, J. (2016c): Uptake and biodegradation of the antimicrobial sulfadimidine by the species Tripolium pannonicum acting as biofilter and ist further biodegradation by anaerobic digestion and concomitant biogas production. Bioresource Technology 219, 687-693. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2016.08.047.

Turcios, A.E. & Papenbrock, J. (2014): Sustainable treatment of aquaculture effluents – what can we learn from the past for the future? Sustainability 6, 836-856. doi:10.3390/su6020836.

Turcios, A.E.; Weichgrebe, D. & Papenbrock, J. (2015): Biogas and methane production using biomass of the halophyte Salicornia spp. Book of Abstracts from 14th World Congress of Anaerobic Digestion, November 15th – 18th, Viña del Mar, Chile.

Turcios, A. & Tränkner, M. (2019): Importance of potassium for quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa Willd.) cultivated under moderate saline conditions. Annual Meeting of the German Society of Plant Nutrition (DGP), September 25th – 27th, Berlin, Germany.

Turcios, A.E.; Glasenapp, Y. & Papenbrock, J. (2017): Salzpflanzen als Biofilter, Küstenschutz und Delikatesse, Technologie-Informationen, Wasser und Meer 3, 6-7.

Turcios, A.E. (2016): Use of halophytes as biofilter to decrease organic and inorganic contaminants in water and their further use for biogas production. Dissertation Leibniz Universität Hannover, https://www.tib.eu/de/suchen/id/TIBKAT%3A88080131X.

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