The project is focussed on the biodegradtion of persistent herbicides belonging to the groups of triazines, amides and chlorophenoxyalkanes under natural stress conditions present in every polluted site. Both, the physiology of adaptive responses and the regulation of catabolic genes under different stress conditions will be investigated. For herbicides with a low solubility, attempts to increase their bio availability will be made by promoting bio surfactant activity of microbial consortia. Additionally, the project will focus on toxicological investigations of herbicides and their metabolites using amphibian and insect cell tissues, and toxicity assessments developed for Saccharomyces cerevisiae as an eukaryotic model organism. The project will develop techniques, which will allow an increased use of biological methods to remediate sites contaminated with herbicides and other xenobiotics.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
CT2 7NZ Folkestone