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Sustainable integrated approach to achieve CECs and PTEs removal from contaminated waters. The aquaculture as case study

Objective

Nowadays, the contamination of water resources coupled with the increased food demand is becoming a key issue. Concerning water, monitoring the quality of the water and its toxicological load is mandatory to guarantee the consumption of pure water to citizens; besides, we need to expand access to pure water by planning actions able to treat contaminated water using environmentally sustainable technologies with the final aim to guarantee a low cost and microbiologically safe water. Concerning food demand, aquaculture is the fastest growing food producing industry globally. It accounts for 47% of fishery products, which is estimated to reach 62 % by 2030.
The project aims to face both sides of the coin by applying an integrated approach. On one side, we will develop new tools useful for eliminating pollutants. Different strategies will be adopted, all commonly sharing a low environmental impact. Fungi will be used to eliminate contaminant of emerging concern (CECs), with particular focus on antibiotics and some lipophilic compounds responsible of unpleasant taste on fish. On the other hand, potentially toxic elements (PTEs) such as dissolved As, Hg, Pb or Cd species will be captured by exploiting the use of iron, adsorbents derived from biomass and inorganic oxides and photocatalysts jointly linked to strengthen their efficiency.
The highest performing materials will then be supported on membranes or columns and will be tested in water for aquaculture or for reuse. In all sites, we will also assess the quality of water by monitoring CECs and PTEs in influent, effluent and post treated waters and by assessing the ecotoxicity and estrogenicity through the combination of different bioassays. The monitoring process will involve not only toxicological assays and chemical analysis using high-resolution techniques; it will also be combined with modelling processes aimed to fully assess the fate of pollutants.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2020
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO
Address
Via Giuseppe Verdi 8
10124 Torino
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 257 600

Participants (5)

UNIVERSIDAD REY JUAN CARLOS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 124 200
Address
Calle Tulipan
28933 Mostoles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 55 200
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AALBORG UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 174 800
Address
Fredrik Bajers Vej 7K
9220 Aalborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
METROHM HISPANIA SLU
Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Cl Aguacate 15
28044 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SOCIETA' AGRICOLA SAN BIAGIO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Via Roma 36
12040 Margarita
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

Partners (3)

UNIVERSIDADE DE SAO PAULO
Brazil
Address
Rua Da Reitoria 109 Butanta
05508 900 Sao Paulo Sp
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE SERVICE
Thailand
Address
R75/7 Rama Vi Road, Thung Phaya Thai, Ratchathewi
10400 Bangkok
Activity type
Research Organisations
KOKURITSU DAIGAKU HOJIN KYUSHU KOGYO DAIGAKU
Japan
Address
Sensuicho - Tobata-ku 1-1
804 8550 Kitakyushu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments