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Development of systems to improve phytoremediation of metal contaminated soils through improved phytoaccumulation

Objective

The widespread moderate levels of metal pollution, clearly above European standards, have led to limitations in landuse, and soil remediation is needed. Phytoremediation, the use of plants for cleaning metal-polluted soils, is of low cost, environmentally sound and equally protective of human health and the environment, and should be considered a good alternative to current techniques. Natural plants have serious limitations. The present state of knowledge on the mechanisms of metal tolerance, uptake and accumulation is limited and does not allow construction of designer plants for remediation. Metal-responsive genes will be characterized (functional genomic) from metal-hyperaccumulatingThlaspi and expressed in yeast, Arabidopsis and higher biomass producing tobacco and Basic. Entophytes andrhizosphere microorganisms will be isolated, modified and tested, in combination with the plant, for improved metalaccumulation. GM and non-GM approaches will be compared in laboratory and greenhouse studies. Risk assessment of the approach will form a central core of the studies. The goal is to develop systems for improved phytoaccumulation of metals.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF KUOPIO
Address
Savilahdentie 9
1627 Kuopio
Finland

Participants (7)

GSF-RESEARCH CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH
Germany
Address
Ingolstaedter Landstrasse 1
85764 Neuherberg
INSTITUTE OF BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS - POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Poland
Address
36,Pawinskiego 5A
02-106 Warszawa
INSTITUTE OF GENETIC ENGINEERING
Bulgaria
Address

2232 Kostinbrod
LIMBURGS UNIVERSITAIR CENTRUM
Belgium
Address
Universitaire Campus
3590 Diepenbeek
PHYTOTECH FOUNDATION
Switzerland
Address
Quartiergasse 12
Bern
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT AMSTERDAM - VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERWIJS
Netherlands
Address
De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV Amsterdam
WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Arboretumlaan, 4
6703 BD Wageningen