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Endophytic degrader bacteria for improving phytoremediation of organic xenobiotics

Objective

Phytoremediation is an experimental soil cleaning technology. One problem, presently limiting its applicability for certain organic pollutants, is insufficient degradation of the pollutants by the plants. As a result, the original compound or its metabolites build-up in the plants (poisoning the plants) or are volatilised through the leaves (causing a new environmental problem). This project aims to develop and test specific entophytic (-plant-internal) bacteria capable of degrading key pollutants. These new bacteria, when inoculated to the inside of plants, will degrade the pollutants as they are being transported from the roots to the leaves. This will reduce phytotoxicity and volatilisation of the pollutants. As a result, phytoremediation technology will be applicable to more toxic compounds or higher pollutant concentrations, and will maintain its social and regulatory appeal.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE - MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
Address
399,Frederiksborgvej 399
4000 Roskilde
Denmark

Participants (6)

DEME ENVIRONMENTAL CONTRACTORS N.V.
Belgium
Address
Haven 1025 Scheldedijk 30
2070 Zwijndrecht / Burcht
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CARLOW
Ireland
Address
Kilkenny Road
41 Carlow
LIMBURGS UNIVERSITAIR CENTRUM
Belgium
Address
Wetenschapspark 1
3590 Diepenbeek
MACAULAY LAND USE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
Address
Craigiebuckler
AB15 8QH Aberdeen
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF DENMARK
Denmark
Address
Building 115, Dtu
2800 Lyngby
VITO - VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK NV
Belgium
Address
Boeretang 200
2400 Mol