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Phytoremediation of PAH-polluted soils (mechanisms and applications)

Project Leader
Loibner Andreas Paul, Project Leader
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
LIMOS, Nancy, France.
Contact person: Corinne Leyval;
Function of the Project Partner: Koordinator
BOKU Research Units
Institute for Environmental Biotechnology
Funded by
Austrian Development Agency (ADA), Zelinkagasse , 1010 Wien, Austria
The aim of the project is to determine the potential of phytoremediative measures for clean-up of PAH-contaminated soils by testing different polluted soils, investigating the major mechanisms involved, the role of the root system and the associated microorganisms (bacteria, mycorrhiza), and if the toxicity of the contaminated soils is reduced in the course of the treatment. The phytoremediation experiments will be accomplished at LIMOS (Nancy CNRS), which has the expertise and equipment to apply this technique. The evaluation of bioavailability as well as toxicity will be conducted at the IFA (Tulln, Austria) which has the equipment and competency to carry out the respective tests.

Loibner, A.P., Szolar, O.H.J., Braun, R., Hirmann, D. (2003): Ecological assessment and toxicity screening in contaminated land analysis.

In: Thompson, K.C. Nathanail, P. (Eds.): Chemical Analysis of Contaminted Land, 229-267; Blackwell Publishing, Oxford, ISBN 1-84127-334-1

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