UMBRELLA Using MicroBes for the REgulation of heavy metaL mobiLity at ecosystem and landscape scAle: an integrative approach for soil remediation by geobiological processes

Country: EU Projects
Start Date:   1/5/2009         Duration: 36 months         Project Type: RTD
Contract Number: 226870
Organisation Type:  EC Project
Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->In situ treatment technologies
Project objectives:
The overall goal of UMBRELLA is to use microorganisms to develop cost-efficient and sustainable measures for soil remediation at heavy metal contaminated 
sites throughout Europe. This will be facilitated by research in microbiology, plant uptake and (hydro)geochemistry centers on the study of microbial influence
on metal biogeochemical cycles and their impact for use in soil and water protection.
Project Summary:
The technologies developed provide a speed-up of existing bioremediation techniques and will provide a tool-box to end-users with microbes for remediation 
actions in different European climatic, geological and biological setting which will allow low-cost, sustainable, on-site bioremediation of metal contaminations.
At the same time, the introduction of a concerted, internationalized education of interdisciplinary trained PhD students across Europe will ascertain a
long-lasting, sustainable education profile with relevance to soil remediation. The involvement of government agencies is focussing on the possibility
to provide governments with fused guidelines for soil and water protection in a way that overcomes the practises of separated agencies by focussing on ecotoxicological
risks resulting from metal contamination on-site as well as by transport through water paths in ground water and international water ways. Dissemination
of results will be ensured by international congresses and publications. The management of an integrative, multi-partner consortium ensures the applicability
by combination of eight sites across Europe in one modeling approach which will cover Northern, Southern, Middle and Eastern European sites to guarantee future
applicability across Europe.
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Funding Programme(s): 
EC FP7: Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.
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Submitted by: EUGRIS Team Professor Paul Bardos  Who does what?  05/05/2010 00:29:00