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A novel isotope tool to assess nanoparticle toxicity in wetland plants

A novel isotope tool to assess nanoparticle toxicity in wetland plants

Objective

Nanoparticles (NPs), metal particles of less than 100nm, are increasingly emitted to the environment from a variety of anthropogenic sources. However, their toxic effects on living organisms, capacity to enter the food chain, and impact in environmental health are poorly understood. NANOREM is a research project aiming to provide the first comprehensive insight into the toxicity of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles in wetland plants. This information is essential to evaluate correctly the risk of releasing large quantities of NPs to the environment. In this project we will make use of cutting edge isotope techniques to trace the sources of NP pollution, and to understand how NPs might change the current paradigm of metal cycling and assimilation by plants. Furthermore, NPs will be synthesized from plants and plant extracts using novel methods, and fully characterized.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Address

Gran Via De Les Corts Catalanes 585
08007 Barcelona

Spain

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 170 121,60

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 704957

  • Start date

    1 September 2016

  • End date

    31 August 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 170 121,60

  • EU contribution

    € 170 121,60

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain