LOKKOCK Development of novel soil testing methods in support of site-specific risk assessment

Country: Hungary
Start Date:   1/1/2005         Duration: 36 months         Project Type: RTD
Contract Number: GVOP-3.1.1-2004-05-0257/3.0
Organisation Type:  University research group / research institute
Contaminated land-->Contaminants-->Contaminants overview
Contaminated land-->Contaminants-->Heavy metals
Contaminated land-->Contaminants-->Others
Contaminated land-->Contaminants-->PAH
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Risk assessment overview
Contaminated land-->Risk assessment-->Toxicological information
Contaminated land-->Risk management-->Risk management overview
Contaminated land-->Soil and groundwater processes-->Ecotoxicology
Contaminated land-->Soil and groundwater processes-->Modelling
Soil-->Soil Overview
Project objectives:
The objective of the project is to develop novel soil testing methods able to characterise the physical-chemical properties of the soil contaminant. The final 
aim is to develop a site-specific risk assessment methodology taking into account the chemical, biological properties of the site and the effect of the contaminant
on the ecosystem.
Project Summary:
The project is funded within the Economic Competitiveness Operative Programme (GVOP) of the Hungarian Ministry of Economics and Transport and is co-financed 
by the EU within the European Plan. Project coordination: Dr. Katalin Gruiz - Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Agricultural Chemical Technology, Hungary.
The consortium includes the following Hungarian participants: Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Department of Agricultural Chemical Technology (BME MGKT) Soil and Agrochemical Research Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Science (MTA TAKI)Cyclolab Cyclodextrin Research and Development Ltd (CYCLOLAB)
Collaborator:Agency for Research Fund Management and Research Exploitation, Hungary (KPI) The Project is focussed on development of innovative soil testing methods that support site-specific risk assessment of polluted sites.The main aim of
the work is to develop physico-chemical analyses able to characterise the physico-chemical properties of the soil, biological (ecological, ecotoxicological)
testing of soil, DNA soil testing procedures able to be used for measuring and forecasting the ecological effects of the contaminant on the soil and to determine
the site-specific quantitative risk.The integrated use of the developed methods shall provide assistance in mapping of the polluted area, forecasting and
measuring the ecological effect and site-specific risk of the contaminants, in acquiring more information on the pollution, bioavailability, mobility
of the contaminant, bioaccumulation and food chain effects. Therefore, the developed integrated methodology and the related risk assessment procedure
will support environmental decision making in environmental risk management. The risk will be estimated from the concentration and effect data resulted
from the applied integrated methodology. For risk characterisation the comparison and parallel evaluation of physico-chemical and biological-ecotoxicological
data are used. The developed methods will be applied and verified on demonstration sites, taking into account the site-specific chemical properties of the contaminants,
the biological characteristics of the site and the effects of the contaminants on the ecosystem. The following environmental characteristics of the soil are being investigated: Partition between soil phases of both inorganic and organic contaminants Biodegradability and site specific biodegradation Bioavailability Toxicity, mutageniety The following methods are being developed: Rapid in situ measurement of environmental parameters Physico-chemical rapid in situ measurement of contaminants and their effect Gas chromatographic measurement of kow, kd and kp of organic pollutants Kd of inorganic pollutants : measurement and modelling Simulation of bioavailability with solvents and additives Simulation of digestion with chemical/enzimatic treatments Ecological assessment of soil microbes: diversity, biochemical diversity, DNA techniques Ecotoxicity tests: direct contact and interactive tests, microcosm tests by microbial, plant and soil living animals (protozoa, worms, springtails)
Expected Results: Three complementary test methods will be developed and implemented: 1.Physical-chemical methods for quantitative and qualitative determination and characterisation of toxic metals and organic contaminants, determination
of partition and contaminant transport. 2.Biological and DNA techniques for Qualitative and Quantitative characterisation of the members of the ecosystem3. 3.Direct soil contact and DNA toxicological tests to measure the effect of the contaminated environmental samples.
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Submitted by: Dr Katalin Gruiz  Who does what?  27/03/2006 14:34:00
Updated by: Dr Katalin Gruiz  Who does what?  03/10/2006 11:55:00