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Phototrophic biofilms and their potential applications: towards the development of a unifying concept

Phototrophic biofilms and their potential applications: towards the development of a unifying concept

Objective

Phototrophic biofilms are communities, driven by photosynthesing microorganisms, and occurring on interfaces in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Such biofilms cause biofouling on e.g. submersed objects and monuments, but also have a great bioremediation potential for water and soils. PHOBIA proposes to grow air-exposed and aquatic phototrophic biofilms on soft and hard substrata in a specially designed incubator, in which microenvironment, architecture, growth, and biodiversity on the biofilm communities will be analysed, and in which their major physiological processes will be quantified. In contrast to heterotrophic biofilms, predictive models are not available for phototrophic biofilms. Our objective is to develop a unifying model of a phototrophic biofilm, and to use that for management and control of phototrophic biofilms in existing and new applications.

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Coordinator

NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGY

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Korringaweg 7
4400 Ac Yerseke

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

H. FRANKEN (Professor)

Participants (5)

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DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY

Netherlands

INSTITUTO DE TECNOLOGIA QUIMICA E BIOLOGICA - UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA

Portugal

UFZ-UMWELTFORSCHUNGSZENTRUM LEIPZIG-HALLE GMBH

Germany

UNIVERSIT DEGLI STUDI DI ROMA TOR VERGATA

Italy

UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN

Denmark

Project information

Grant agreement ID: QLK3-CT-2002-01938

  • Start date

    1 October 2002

  • End date

    31 December 2005

Funded under:

FP5-LIFE QUALITY

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 808 270

  • EU contribution

    € 1 340 976

Coordinated by:

NETHERLANDS INSTITUTE OF ECOLOGY

Netherlands