Dr.Sc.ing., senior researcher Linda Mezule

  • E-pasts: linda.mezule@rtu.lv

Main research interests:

  • Detection of pathogens in drinking water biofilm using FISH (fluorescence in situ hybridization) method
  • Development of molecular methods for identification of bacteria
  • Biofilm studies
  • VBNC bacteria

Major publications:

    1. Comparison of phosphorus removal efficiency of conventional activated sludge system and sequencing batch reactors in a wastewater treatment plant, Denisova, V., Tihomirova, K., Neilands, J., (…), Mezule, L., Juhna, T., 2020, Agronomy Research, 18(Special Issue 1), pp. 771-780
    2. Separation of reducing sugars from lignocellulosic hydrolysate: Membrane experiments & system dynamic modelling, Weerasuriya Arachchige, A.R.P.P., Mezule, L., Juhna, T., 2020, Agronomy Research, 18(Special Issue 1), pp. 1099-1106
    3. Microalgae starvation for enhanced phosphorus uptake from municipal wastewater, Lavrinovičs, A., Mežule, L., Juhna, T., 2020, Algal Research, 52,102090
    4. Information overload and lecturer mistakes during engineering course organization, Tihomirova K., Mezule L., 2020, International Conference on Higher Education, Advances, 2020-June, pp.1037-1044
    5. Identifying iron-bearing nanoparticle precursor for thermal transformation into the highly active hematite photo-fenton catalyst, Open Access, Šutka, A., Šutka, A., Vanags, M.š., (…), Tamm, A., Mežule, L., 2020, Catalysts 10(7), 778
    6. Bioprospecting white-rot basidiomycete irpex lacteus for improved extraction of lignocellulose-degrading enzymes and their further application, Open Access, Mezule, L., Civzele, A., 2020, Journal of Fungi, 6(4),256, pp. 1-10
    7. Short-term effect of shock a mmonium nitrogen load on activated sludge properties, Golovko, K., Tihomirova, K., Neilands, R., (…), Mezule, L., Juhna, T., 2019, Water Science and Technology, 80(11), pp. 2191-2199
    8. Mezule, L., Berzina, I., Strods, M., The impact of substrate–enzyme proportion for efficient hydrolysis of Hay, 2019, Energies 12(18),3526
    9. Denisova, V., Mezule, L., Electrochemical/granular Activated Carbon Hybrid System for Drinking Water Disinfection at Flow Conditions, 2019, Chemical Engineering Transactions 74, pp. 1303-1308
    10. Tihomirova, K., Denisova, V., Golovko, K., (…), Mezule, L., Juhna, T., Management of wastewater from landfill of inorganic fiberglass, 2019, Agronomy Research 17, pp. 1216-1226
    11. Daļecka, B., Mežule, L. Study of Potential PCR Inhibitors in Drinking Water for Escherichia Coli Identification. Agronomy Research, 2018, Vol.16, Special Iss.2, 1351.-1359.lpp. ISSN 1406-894X. Pieejams: doi:10.15159/AR.18.118
    12. Deņisova, V., Tihomirova, K., Mežule, L. Extended Use of Sphagnum Peat as a Biosorbent for Zn(II): Repetitious Sorption-Desorption Process. Agronomy Research, 2018, Vol.16, 1.-8.lpp. ISSN 1406-894X. Pieejams: doi:10.15159/AR.18.163
    13. Mežule, L., Daļecka, B. Adjustment of Yeast Growth Media for the Fermentation of Lignocellulosic Sugars. Chemical Engineering Transactions, 2017, Vol.57, 25.-30.lpp. ISSN 2283-9216. Pieejams: doi:10.3303/CET1757005
    14. Strods, M., Mežule, L. Alcohol Recovery from Fermentation Broth with Gas Stripping: System Experimental and Optimisation. Agronomy Research, 2017, Vol.15, No.3, 897.-904.lpp. ISSN 1406-894X.
    15. Tihomirova, K., Deņisova, V., Jaundzema, L., Mežule, L. Hydrolysed Biomass Waste as a Potential Biosorbent of Zinc from Water. Agronomy Research, 2017, Vol.15, No.3, 905.-914.lpp. ISSN 1406-894X.
    16. Deņisova, V., Tihomirova, K., Mežule, L. Biosorption of Zn(II) by Sphagnum Peat. Chemical Engineering Transactions, 2017, Vol.57, 385.-390.lpp. ISSN 2283-9216. Pieejams: doi:10.3303/CET1757065
    17. Frolova, M., Tihomirova, K., Mežule, L., Rubulis, J., Gruškeviča, K., Juhna, T. Evaluation of Pre-Treatment Technologies for Phosphorous Removal from Drinking Water to Mitigate Membrane Biofouling. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering, 2017, Vol.251, 1.-8.lpp. ISSN 1757-8981. e-ISSN 1757-899X. Pieejams: doi:10.1088/1757-899X/251/1/012127
    18. Frolova, M., Zemītis, J., Tihomirova, K., Mežule, L., Rubulis, J., Gruškeviča, K., Juhna, T. Approbation of Microbially Available Phosphorus (MAP) Determination Method by Flow Cytometry. No: Environment. Technology. Resources: Proceedings of the 11th International Scientific and Practical Conference. Vol.1, Latvija, Rēzekne, 15.-17. jūnijs, 2017. Rēzekne: Rezekne Academy of Technologies, 2017, 89.-92.lpp. ISSN 1691-5402. Pieejams: doi:10.17770/etr2017vol1.2533
    19. Deņisova, V., Mežule, L., Juhna, T., Ozoliņš, J. Electrochemical Drinking Water Disinfection with Tio2-X Ceramic Electrodes at Flow Conditions. Key Engineering Materials, 2017, Vol.721, 133.-137.lpp. ISSN 1013-9826. e-ISSN 1662-9795. Pieejams: doi:10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.721.133
    20. Mezule L., Juhna T., 2016. Efficient, environmentally friendly techniques for lignocellulosic biomass pre-treatment/hydrolysis to produce liquid biofuels, Journal of Biotechnology, 231, S33.
    21. Mezule L., Strods M., Dalecka B., 2016. Influence of Mechanical Pre–treatment on Fermentable Sugar Production from Lignocellulosic Biomass, Agronomy Research, 14(4), 1427-1434.
    22. Tihomirova K., Dalecka B., Mezule L., 2016. Application of conventional HPLC RI technique for sugar analysis in hydrolysed hay. Agronomy Research, 14(5), 1713-1719.
    23. Dalecka B., Mezule L., 2016. Lignocellulose degrading enzyme production from Irpex lacteus and Fusarium solani. Journal of Environmental Science, 5, 1-4.
    24. Mezule L., Juhna T., 2016. Effect of labile organic carbon on growth of indigenous Escherichia coli in drinking water biofilm. Chemical Engineering Transactions, 49, 619-624.
    25. Dalecka B., Mezule L., 2016. Comparison of various DNA extraction methods for Fusarium solani detection and enumeration with real-time PCR. InMicrobes in the spotlight: recent progress in the understanding of beneficial and harmful microorganisms, Edited by A. Mendez-Vilas BrownWalker Press. 439-443.
    26. K.Tihomirova, B.Dalecka and L.Mezule (2016). Application of conventional HPLC RI technique for sugar analysis in hydrolysed hay. Agronomy Research Vol.14(0).
    27. L.Mezule, M.Strods and B.Dalecka (2016). Influence of Mechanical Pre–treatment on Fermentable Sugar Production from Lignocellulosic Biomass. Agronomy Research Vol.14(0).
    28. L. Mezule, T. Juhna (2016). Effect of Labile Organic Carbon on Growth of Indigenous Escherichia coli in Drinking Water Biofilm. Chemical Engineering Transaction, 49, 619- 624. Publication
    29. L. Mezule, B. Dalecka, T. Juhna (2015). Fermentable sugar production from lignocellulosic waste. Chemical Engineering Transactions, 43, 619-624.Publication
    30. K. Rugele, G. Bumanis, L. Mezule, T. Juhna and D. Bajare. (2015) Application of industrial wastes in renewable energy production. Agronomy Research Vol.13(2)Publication
    31. B. Dalecka, M. Strods and L. Mezule. (2015) Production of fermentation feedstock from lignocellulosic biomass: applications of membrane separation. Agronomy Research Vol.13 (2) Publication
    32. Mezule L., Reimanis M., Krumplevska V., Ozolins J., Juhna T. (2014) Comparing electrochemical disinfection with chlorination for inactivation of bacterial spores in drinking water. Water Science and Technology: Water Supply, 14(1), 158-164.
    33. Mezule L., Denisova V, Briedis A., Reimanis M., Ozolins J., Juhna T. (2013) Disinfection effect of electrochemically generated chlorine on surface associated Escherichia coli in a drinking water system. Desalination and Water Treatment, InPress.
    34. Mezule L., Tihomirova K., Nescerecka A., Juhna T. 2013. Biobutanol production from agricultural waste: a simple approach for pre-treatment and hydrolysis. Latvian Journal of Chemistry, 51(4), 407-414.
    35. Reimanis M., Mezule L., Ozolins J., Malers J., Juhna T. 2013. Drinking water disinfection with electrolysis. Latvian Journal of Chemistry, 51(4), 296-304.
    36. Rugele K., Mezule L., Dalecka B., Larsson S., Vanags J., Rubulis J. 2013. Application of fluorescent in situ hybridization for monitoring methanogenic archaea in acid whey anaerobic digestion. Agranomy Research, 11(2), 373-380.
    37. Mezule L., Larsson S., Juhna T. 2013. Application of DVC-FISH method in trackingEscherichia coli in drinking water distribution networks. Drinking Water Engineering Science, 6, 25-31.
    38. Grube M., Gavare M., Nescerecka A., Tihomirova K., Mezule L., Juhna T. 2013. FT-IR spectroscopic analysis for studying Clostridium cell response to conversion of enzymatically hydrolyzed hay. Journal of Molecular Structure, 1044, 201-205.
    39. Mezule L., Reimanis M., Malers J., Ozolins J., Juhna T. Water disinfection with electrolysis using TinO2n-1 containing ceramic electrodes. Environmental Biotechnology journal, Vol. 7(1), 34-40.
    40. L. Mezule, S. Tsyfansky, V. Yakushevich, T. Juhna. 2009. A Simple Technique for Water Disinfection with Hydrodynamic Cavitation: Effect on Survival of Escherichia Coli. Desalination, Vol. 248(1-3), 152.-159.
    41. L. Mezule, M. Reimanis, J. Malers, J. Ozolins, T. Juhna. 2009. Application of Electrolysis with TinO2n-1 Ceramic Electrodes for Disinfection of Drinking Water. RTU scientific papers. Materiālzinātne un lietišķā ķīmija , Vol. 19 (1), 123-131.
    42. R. Ziemeļnieks, D. Birzniece, T. Juhna, L. Mežule. 2005. Legionellas izplatība karstā ūdens apgādes sistēmās. RTU zinātniskie raksti. 2. sēr., Būvzinātne. – 6. sēj., 231.-237.


    1. Mezule L. 2012 Significance of Nonculturable Escherichia Coli in Drinking Water: Experimental and Pilot Studies in Large Drinking Water Systems. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, p. 180. ISBN: 9783848499731.
    2. С. Цыфанский. Кавитационные и высоковольтно-плазменные технологии. Теория, эксперимент, иновационные предложения. – Рига: издательство РТУ, 2008. – 500 с. (Подпaрaгрaф 4.4.3. Л. Межуле, Т. Юхна Возможности использования кавитации для дезинфекции питьевой воды [314]. 156 -159 c.)

    Other publications:

    1. Tihomirova K., Mezule L., Juhna T. 2012. Application of Flow Cytometry for Characterization of Biomass During ABE Fermentation Process. 20th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition, ETA-Florence Renewable Energies, Milāna, Itālija. ISBN 978-88-89407-54-7.
    2. Reimanis M., Mežule L., Mālers J., Bērziņa-Cimdiņa L., Juhna T., Ozoliņš J. 2010. Preparation of Waterwith Electrolysis Method Using Ceramic Electrodes . Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants in Towns and Communities of the XXI Century: Technologies, Design and Operation, Russian Federation, Moscow, pp. 1.-7.
    3. Mezule L., Tsyfansky S., Yakushevich V., Juhna T. A Simple Technique for Water Disinfection with Hydrodynamic Cavitation: Effect on Survival of Escherichia Coli” Edited book for International Workshop on Water and Sanitation in International Disaster Relief, Edinburgh, UK, 2008.