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Using MicroBes for the REgulation of heavy metaL mobiLity at ecosystem and landscape scAle: an integrative approach for soil remediation by geobiological processes

Objective

The overall goal of UMBRELLA is to use microorganisms to develop cost-efficient and sustainable measures for soil remediation at heavy metal contaminated sites throughout Europe. This will be facilitated by research in microbiology, plant uptake and (hydro)geochemistry centers on the study of microbial influence on metal biogeochemical cycles and their impact for use in soil and water protection. The technologies developed provide a speed-up of existing bioremediation techniques and will provide a tool-box to end-users with microbes for remediation actions in different European climatic, geological and biological setting which will allow low-cost, sustainable, on-site bioremediation of metal contaminations. At the same time, the introduction of a concerted, internationalized education of interdisciplinary trained PhD students across Europe will ascertain a long-lasting, sustainable education profile with relevance to soil remediation. The involvement of government agencies is focussing on the possibility to provide governments with fused guidelines for soil and water protection in a way that overcomes the practises of separated agencies by focussing on ecotoxicological risks resulting from metal contamination on-site as well as by transport through water paths in ground water and international water ways. Dissemination of results will be ensured by international congresses and publications. The management of an integrative, multi-partner consortium ensures the applicability by combination of eight sites across Europe in one modeling approach which will cover Northern, Southern, Middle and Eastern European sites to guarantee future applicability across Europe.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals
  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/bioremediation
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology/landscape ecology

Call for proposal

FP7-ENV-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA
Address
Furstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 521 896
Administrative Contact
Erika Kothe (Prof.)

Participants (14)

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L'ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 132 945
Address
Lungotevere Grande Ammiraglio Thaon Di Revel 76
000196 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anna Rosa Sprocati (Dr.)
BANGOR UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 143 400
Address
College Road
LL57 2DG Bangor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christine Davey (Ms.)
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 159 600
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Tommy Bystedt (Mr.)
UNIVERSITATEA DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
EU contribution
€ 192 480
Address
Soseaua Panduri 90
050663 Bucuresti
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Aurora Neagoe (Dr.)
Jagiellonian University in Krakow
Poland
EU contribution
€ 108 000
Address
Ul. Golebia 24
31007 Krakow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Katarzyna Turnau (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 147 600
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Irene Lichtscheidl (Prof.)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 142 500
Address
Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Rainer Maletti (Dr.)
OREBRO UNIVERSITY
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 153 600
Address
Fakultetsgatan 1
70182 Orebro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sylvia Coradeschi (Prof.)
UNIVERSIDAD DE VALLADOLID
Spain
EU contribution
€ 128 400
Address
Plaza Santa Cruz 8 Palacio De Santa Cruz
47002 Valladolid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Fernando Rull (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CAGLIARI
Italy
EU contribution
€ 108 000
Address
Via Universita 40
09124 Cagliari
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ivana Locci (Ms.)
ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 146 400
Address
Visualisation Centre Penglais
SY23 3BF Aberystwyth
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Emyr Huw Reynolds (Mr.)
Kwazar Corporation Sp.z o.o.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 82 800
Address
Chelmonskiego 144
96313 Budy Grzybek
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Witold Ossowski (Mr.)
VIROTEC ITALIA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 115 200
Address
Via Adolfo Rava 106
00142 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vittorio Bello (Dr.)
OSTERREICHISCHE AGENTUR FUR GESUNDHEIT UND ERNAHRUNGSSICHERHEIT GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 54 600
Address
Spargelfeldstrasse 191
1220 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Andreas Baumgarten (Dr.)