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Strategies to accelerate the productive biodegradation of several herbicides under environmental stress condition.

Objective

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 Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UFZ - UMWELTFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM LEIPZIG - HALLE GMBH
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
Germany

Participants (8)

ARISTOTLE UNIVERSITY OF THESSALONIKI
Greece
Address
University Campus, Egnatia Street, Administration
54006 Thessaloniki
BAUER UND MOURIK UMWELTTECHNIK GMBH & CO
Germany
Address
In Der Scherau, 1
86529 Schrobenhausen
CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Address
Campus De La Universidad Autonoma De Madrid
28049 Madrid
CONSORZIO MARIO NEGRI SUD.
Italy
Address
Via Nazionale 1
Santa Maria Imbaro
INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO
Portugal
Address
Avenida Rovisco Pais 1
Lisboa
UNIVERSIDAD DE SEVILLA
Spain
Address
C/ San Fernando 4
41004 Sevilla
UNIVERSIDAD PABLO DE OLAVIDE
Spain
Address
Carretra De Utrera Km1
41013 Sevilla
UNIVERSITY OF KENT AT CANTERBURY
United Kingdom
Address

CT2 7NZ Folkestone