This Project deals with the exploitation of the enzymatic diversity of microbial communities with a history of exposure to hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) as a source of activities for in site remediation of soils, which have been polluted with the pesticide. This will involve:
[a] Surveying the diversity of single bacteria, microbial communities and HCH-degrading genes for aerobic degradation/transformation/detoxification of linden in soil.
[b] Development of efficient-degrading inoculates for increasing linden catabolic activities in polluted sites and for accelerating pesticide removal.
[c] Monitoring the impact of bioremediation in the existing microbial ecosystem.
[d] Eco-engineering of intervention procedures based on the combination of designed microbial-only or microbe/plant inoculate, with natural processes of soil.
[f] Building knowledge on the application of microbial catalysts as a viable remediation strategy.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts