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Unravelling and exploiting Mediterranean Sea microbial diversity and ecology for Xenobiotics’ and pollutants’ clean up

Objective

The project ULIXES aims to unravel, categorize, catalogue, exploit and manage the microbial diversity available in the Mediterranean Sea for addressing bioremediation of polluted marine sites. The idea behind ULIXES is that the multitude of diverse environmental niches of the Mediterranean Sea contains a huge range of microorganisms and their components (e.g. catabolic enzymes) or products (e.g. biosurfactant) that can be exploited in pollutant- and site-tailored bioremediation approaches. ULIXES intends to provide the proof of concept that it is possible to establish and exploit for bioremediation site-specific collections of microbial strains, mixed microbial cultures, enzymes, biosurfactants and other microbial products. These biotechnological resources will be mined by using approaches based on isolation of culturable microorganisms as well as by extensively applying advanced novel ‘meta-omics’ technologies recently developed by the project partners and exclusively available for ULIXES. Three pollutant classes recognized worldwide as environmental priorities will be considered: petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated compounds and heavy metals. A large set of polluted environmental matrices from sites located all over the Mediterranean Sea will be explored, including seashore sands, lagoon sediments, deep sea sediments polluted by heavy oil hydrocarbons at oil tanker shipwreck sites, hypersaline waters and sediments from polluted salty coastal lakes and natural deep hypersaline anoxic submarine basins and mud volcanoes where hydrocarbon seepages occur. The mined collections of microbial biotechnological products will be exploited for development of novel improved bioremediation processes whose effectiveness will be proved by ex situ and in situ field bioremediation trials. A careful dissemination action will be pursued to assure capillary information of the ULIXES results and products to stakeholders and SMEs operating in the sector of marine bioremediation.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Address

Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 306 219,25

Administrative Contact

Margherita Pasetti (Ms.)

Participants (11)

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UNIVERSITE DE TUNIS EL MANAR

Tunisia

EU Contribution

€ 239 700

YARMOUK UNIVERSITY

Jordan

EU Contribution

€ 174 900

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 299 140,75

MUBARAK CITY FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS

Egypt

EU Contribution

€ 174 150

UNIVERSITE HASSAN II AIN CHOCK CASABLANCA

Morocco

EU Contribution

€ 150 800

BANGOR UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 294 420

AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 294 880

POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 285 004

UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 300 000

EcoTechSystems Srl

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 298 200

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 176 398

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 266473

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 February 2011

  • End date

    31 January 2014

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 909 331

  • EU contribution

    € 2 993 812

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Italy