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Use of bioavailabilty promoting organisms to decontaminate pah-polluted soils : preparation towards large scale field exploitation

Objective

Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are priority soil pollutants in Europe. Due to their poor bio availability, they persist in many contaminated sites although they are principally biodegradable. Bacteria of the genera Mycobacterium and Sphingomonas are particularly suited for PAH degradation because of their peculiar metabolic and physicochemical characteristics and might represent the main environmental sink of these chemicals. This project, conceived by seven academic partners and three bioremediation firms, aims at exploiting these organisms in bioremediation. In laboratory and small-scale experiments, it will identify the optimal conditions for PAH removal by these organisms, develop tools that allow activity monitoring in soil and sludge matrices, stimulate the bio availability promoting and metabolic capacities in situ and recomment full-scale technologies that maximise their performance.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

VITO - VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK NV
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol
Belgium

Participants (9)

A.S. BIOTEKNISK JORDRENS
Denmark
Address
10,Maglehovej 10
4400 Kalundborg
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Calle Serrano 117
Madrid
EMPRESA PARA LA GESTION DE RESIDUOS INDUSTRIALES S.A
Spain
Address
Ctra. De Andalucia Km 12 Poligono Industrial Los O
28906 Getafe
ENVISAN N.V.
Belgium
Address
Katelijnestraat 2A
9308 Hofstade,aalst
NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE - MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
Denmark
Address
399,Frederiksborgvej 399
4000 Roskilde
SWISS FEDERAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LAUSANNE
Switzerland
Address
Epfl - Ecublens
1015 Lausanne
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF MUNICH
Germany
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address
Avenue Hipprocrate 74
1200 Bruxelles
UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Address
Spui 21
Postbus 19268 Amsterdam