Dr. Francesca M. Mitton obtained a BS in Biology from the National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina in 2008. The research was focused on identifyng a Lipid Transfer Protein (LTP) of tomato involved in the Systemic Acquired Resistance (SAR). The PhD in Biology, focused on phytoremediation, was obteined from the National Univerisity of Mar del Plata, Argentina in 2015. She currently serves as Editorial Committee of Acta Agronomica. Her research interests include the study of linking pollutant availability, plant uptake and tolerance responses for the phytoremediation of organic compounds in soil. Of the major interest is the evaluation of the capacity of different plants to decrease organochlorine pollutants in soil by mechanisms operating within the rizosphere or by contaminant uptake into the plant. The study include determine the occurrence and assessment of veterinary antibiotics in soils, manure and effluents of a livestock production. In this sense, the long-term goals are to determine a plant-microbial system capable of degrade the veterinary antibiotics. The knowledge gained in the project will also help to develop constructed wetlands for livestock wastewater treatment. Instrumentation in these types of studies includes Liquid chromatography- mass spectrometry (LC-MS) and Gas chromatography- mass spectrometry (GC-MS).
Dr. Francesca M Mitton research interests are Environmental clean up and wastewater treatment with emphasis in the use of microbial and plant biology for bioremediation.