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Development and validation of metabolic activation systems for mutagenicity testing not using vertrebrate animals

Objective

To isolate halotolerant/halophilic bacteria which are not only capable of growing in the relatively high osmolarity and temperatures of olive-mill waste but which also have specific biodegradative capacities.


A microbiological, biochemical and molecular genetical investigation of the adaptive mechanisms and biodegradation activities of the microorganisms involved will be performed. This basic information will be applied to the development of laboratory-scale and pilot-plant composting units incorporating microbial consortia with enhanced potential for detoxifying OMW. The physical and chemical properties of OMW composts will be determined and they will be evaluated in glasshouse and field trials for their safety and value as fertiliser.

In this unique combination of basic and applied approaches, the project draws together, for the first time, the expertise in OMW from all major mediterranean countries most involved in the olive oil industry, with specific complementary expertises in the physiology/biochemistry of halophilic and thermophilic bacteria in a balanced programme.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA
Address
93,Rua Da Junqueira 93
1349-008 Lisboa
Portugal

Participants (6)

AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA
Spain
Address
Campus De Bellaterra
08193 Bellaterra
Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Germany
Address
Obere Zahlbacherstraße 67
55131 Mainz
Rijksuniversiteit Leiden
Netherlands
Address
72,Wassenaarseweg
2300 RA Leiden
UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DELLA TUSCIA
Italy
Address
Via S. Camillo De Lellis
01100 Viterbo
University of Birmingham
United Kingdom
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Université Catholique de Louvain
Belgium
Address
72,Avenue E. Mounier
1200 Bruxelles