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MIBIREM – Toolbox for Microbiome based Remediation

Objective

Microbiomes have high potential to improve biobased processes. For example, in soil and groundwater they can degrade organic contaminants, a process called bioremediation. In Europe about 324,000 severely contaminated sites exist, which pose a risk to humans and the environment. Conventional remediation technologies to clean them are often too expensive and technically Microbiomes have a high potential to improve processes in the bio-based industry. Like the microbiome in the gut, that supports the body in the digestion of food, microbiomes in environmental compartments like soil and groundwater can produce enzymes that can degrade organic contaminants caused by human activities. In MIBIREM we will develop a TOOLBOX that helps to better develop applications for microbiomes. The TOOLBOX includes molecular methods for a better understand and monitoring, isolation and cultivation techniques as well as quality criteria for deposition of whole microbiomes and last, but not least methods that are applied to improve specific functions of microbiomes like microbiome evolution and enrichment cultures and microcosm tests. The TOOLBOX is developed for the environmental applications of microbiomes for ‘bioremediation’. For that purpose, three use-cases were selected. In these three use-cases the degradation of organic contaminants in soil and groundwater by active microbiomes is investigated and developed. The three groups of contaminants are cyanides, hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) and petroleum hydrocarbons (PHC). The project starts with sampling of contaminated sites to isolate microbiomes active in degradation and to gain data for the development of a prediction tool that helps guide bioremediation. Isolated microbiomes and degrading strains will be deposited and will also be improved via laboratory evolution. Finally, the performance of the isolated microbiomes will be tested based on the gained knowledge about degrading microbiomes in pilot tests under real field conditions.

Coordinator

RTDS - VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DER KOMMUNIKATION UND VERMITTLUNG VON FORSCHUNG, TECHNOLOGIE UND INNOVATION (RTDS VEREIN, ENGL. RTDS ASSOCIATION)
Net EU contribution
€ 607 467,00
Address
Lerchengasse 25/2-3
1080 Wien
Austria

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Wien Wien
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,50

Participants (10)

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
Net EU contribution
€ 702 909,00
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,50
UNIVERSITEIT HASSELT
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 661 868,00
Address
Martelarenlaan 42
3500 Hasselt

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Limburg (BE) Arr. Hasselt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,75
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 593 305,00
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 770 075,00
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent

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Vlaams Gewest Prov. Oost-Vlaanderen Arr. Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SENSATEC GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 496 177,50
Address
Friedrichsorter Strasse 32
24159 Kiel

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Schleswig-Holstein Schleswig-Holstein Kiel, Kreisfreie Stadt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 212 647,50
ALTAR
France
Net EU contribution
€ 343 703,50
Address
5 Rue Henri Desbrueres Bio Cluster Genopole Campus
91030 Evry

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Essonne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 147 301,50
DND BIOTECH SRL
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 550 812,50
Address
Via Stanislao Cannizzaro 5
56121 Pisa

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Centro (IT) Toscana Pisa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 236 062,50
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 661 562,50
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht

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West-Nederland Utrecht Utrecht
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 429 540,00
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa

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Centro (IT) Toscana Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
TAUW BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 180 753,00
Address
Handelskade 37
7417 DE Deventer

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Region
Oost-Nederland Overijssel Zuidwest-Overijssel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 77 465,75