Caring about the future

Remediation Processes in uranium and other mining areas
Coordinator - Ruth Maria de Oliveira Pereira
Programme - NATO SCience for Peace
Execution dates - 2009-03-01 - 2013-02-28 (48 Months)
Funding Entity - NATO
Funding for CESAM - 21000 €
Total Funding - 294000 €
Proponent Institution - Universidade de Aveiro
Participating Institutions
Laboratory Water, Energy and Environment, Sfax, Tunisia

University of Sultan Moulay Slimane, Faculty of Science and Techniques, Beni-Mellal, Morroco

IMAR-CMA, Department of Zoology, University of Coimbra

ECT Oekotoxikologie GmbH, Flörsheim, Germany

Project Description


The Project SFP983311, entitled "Remediation Processes in Uranium and other Mining Explorations" funded by NATO, involves teams of experts in ecotoxicology, microbiology, plant physiology, and chemistry, from Portugal, Germany, Tunisia, and Morocco; it is aimed at developing a new methodological approach to reforest mining-contaminated areas, mitigating the risks to human health, and restoring ecosystem services and biodiversity. The scientists involved in the project will isolate metal/radionuclide-resistant strains of microrganisms from the roots of plants inhabiting contaminated mine areas, and use them to inoculate plantlets from species that can be used to reforest these areas. It is expected that these plantlets will be able to grow in contaminated soil, reducing the availability of contaminants to produce deleterious effects in environmental and human health, by bioaccumulating metals and reducing their mobility. The research developed in this project will be applied in field conditions, promoting a narrow communication and collaboration with the mining companies from Portugal, Tunisia and Morocco. This project also previews intensive training of young scientists from all the participating countries, in order to promote equal access to knowledge and to strengthen relationships between NATO and Mediterranean Dialogue Countries. Scientific cooperation between all partners envisages the social and economical development of their nations.

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CESAM Funding: UIDP/50017/2020 + UIDB/50017/2020 + LA/P/0094/2020