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Combining methodologies to assess water pollutant hazard and environmental risk in south Europe


The project aims to develop, improve and test a multidisciplinary approach to assess the bioavailability and ecotoxicity of several organic contaminants in sediments of water bodies and estuaries sampled in different Italian locations. Chemical and biological techniques will be adopted in order to assess the actual risk posed by sediment contamination, i.e. the sum of exposure (bioavailability chemical assessments) and effects (ecotoxicity tests with metabolic and catabolic biosensors).

This will be achieved through the following sub-objectives:
(a) assess reliable chemical techniques for the quantification of the actual and potential bioavailable fractions of contaminants;
(b) assess the general and toxic effects of contaminants, with particular regard to their bioavailable fractions;
(c) assess any synergistic and additive effects between different chemicals;
(d) predict the bioremediation potential for a different number of case studies.

Sediments and water samples from different contaminated Italian sites will be sampled and analysed. They will differ in terms of physico-chemical properties, contamination extent, history and presence of specific compounds. The feasibility of the innovative approach proposed here will be therefore tested on a number of different case studies. Useful information on the remediation potential will be achieved as well. Together with the coordinator the researcher has planned a three-year project to allow a reintegration in the HOST or other institutions in EU.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/biosensing
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/molecular biology
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors/biosensors

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

EIF - Marie Curie actions-Intra-European Fellowships


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