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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.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/organic chemistry/hydrocarbons
  • /engineering and technology/environmental biotechnology/bioremediation
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/biochemistry/biomolecules/proteins/enzymes

Call for proposal

FP7-KBBE-2010-4
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

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)

UNIVERSITE DE TUNIS EL MANAR
Tunisia
EU contribution
€ 239 700
Address
Campus Tunis Rommana
1068 Tunis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ameur Cherif (Dr.)
YARMOUK UNIVERSITY
Jordan
EU contribution
€ 174 900
Address
Al Defa Al-madani Street
21163 Irbid
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hanan Malkawi (Prof.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 299 140,75
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michail Yakimov (Dr.)
MUBARAK CITY FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS
Egypt
EU contribution
€ 174 150
Address
Ahmed Zweil Avenue Universities
Alexandria
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Yasser Abdel-Fattah (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE HASSAN II AIN CHOCK CASABLANCA
Morocco
EU contribution
€ 150 800
Address
Rue Tarek Ibn Ziad
20000 Casablanca
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mohamed Blaghen (Prof.)
BANGOR UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 294 420
Address
College Road
LL57 2DG Bangor
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christine Davey (Ms.)
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 294 880
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Eusebio Jiménez Arroyo (Mr.)
POLYTECHNEIO KRITIS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 285 004
Address
Building E4, Technical University Campus Counoupidiana
731 00 Chania
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Argyro Vaidaki (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 300 000
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Nathalie Vandepitte (Ms.)
EcoTechSystems Srl
Italy
EU contribution
€ 298 200
Address
Via Caduti Del Lavoro 27
60131 Ancona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Monica Armeni (Dr.)
ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 176 398
Address
Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Verdiana Bandini (Ms.)