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Development of phytoremediation of recalcitrant organic pollutants as a polishing step to follow commercial ex situ bioremediation


The persistence of residual organic contaminates (Rock’s) such as long chain aliphatic hydrocarbons and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are a common problem in ex-site bioremediation (ESB). This problem often restrictors options for re-use of treated soil. It is normal practice in ESB for an intensive treatment period (when majority of contaminate degradation occurs) to be followed by a longer phase during which the soil is left in untended heaps. The innovation proposed is to introduce a phytoremediation component in the second treatment stage. Plants known to encourage degradation of Rock’s would be grown in the soil heaps. Agronomic techniques to ensure deep rooting will be used. This should result in increased degradation of recalcitrant pollutants at little extra cost. Deliverables will be an improved market process and cleaner soil with greater potential for re-use. Exploitation of this process will benefit participatingSMEs, plus contribute to EU policy objectives?

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