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Details research group Environmental Biology (CMKMB)


Expertise of the research group :

The group Enviromental Biology has a longstanding experience (since 1976) in the field of heavy metal uptake by plants, the effects of toxic metal concentrations on plants and the transfer of metals to the food chain. The group was involved in several projects concerning the zinc, cadmium and lead contamination in the region Balen, Lommel, Overpelt in the the zinc smelter contaminated area in the north-east of Belgium. They started with laboratory and in situ studies on phytoremediation (phytostabilization and phytoextraction) of heavy metal contaminated soils in 1985 and is involved in several national and international projects and collaborations in this field. Phytoremediation of organics also belongs to the research area of the group, especially on nitroaromatics, oils and BTEX. Special attention is paid to the interaction between plants and plant-associated micro-organisms (mycorrhiza and bacteria).
Biological tests for the evaluation of soil toxicity were developed. These activities are practical applications based on the fundamental research program of the laboratory. The latter is concentrated on the (eco-)physiological, cellular and molecular effects and sequence of events after application of pollutants to plants and mycorrhiza. Studies of defence and tolerance mechanisms against heavy metals are also part of the fundamental research program. Special attention is paid to subcellular localisation of both contaminants and defence systems. This research program is performed on several plant species, from which certain species are genetically transformed. 

Keywords :
  • BIOREMEDIATION
  • CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR ASPECTS OF TOXICITY
  • HEAVY METALS
  • METAL STRESS
  • METAL TOLERANCE
  • MYCORRHIZA
  • PHYTOREMEDIATION
  • PLANT ASSOCIATED BACTERIA
  • SOIL CONTAMINATION

Responsible :
Jaco VANGRONSVELD

Members of the research group :

Dirk ADANG
Rossella ALFANO
Wondie AMANU
Rafaela AMARAL DOS REIS
Valentin AMBROISE
Maria Rosalva ANGULO REYES
Natascha ARNAUTS
Bram BECKERS
Natalie BEENAERTS
Esmee BIJNENS
Eva BONGAERTS
Lucelia BORGO
Izabela BORKOWSKA
Hannelore BOVE
Rein BRAEKEN
Riccardo CAROLLO
Lidia CASAS RUIZ
Johan CEUSTERS
Iva CHOLAKOVA
Julie CLAES
Diana CLEMENTE BATALHA PARDAL
Jan COLPAERT
Laura CONINX
Charlotte COSEMANS
Bianca COX
Ann CUYPERS
Dimitri DAUWE
Patrick DE BOEVER
Alain DE VOCHT
Jana DECKERS
Sarah DESCAMPS
Yinthe DOCKX
Evi DONS
Nele EEVERS
Ruben EVENS
Frans EVERSON
Luca GENTILE
Panos GKOREZIS
Annelie GUTSCH
Pauline HAUTEKIET
Sophie HENDRIX
Janneke HOGERVORST
Nele HOREMANS
Jean HUGE
Michiel HUYBRECHTS
Valeria IMPERATO
Verena IVEN
Bram JANSSEN
Marijke JOZEFCZAK
Jackline KARIUKI
Lukasz KOWALKOWSKI
Pol LAANEN
Sabine LANGIE
Tori LANGILL
Songmei LIU
Christophe LOIX
Leen LUYTEN
Narjes MADHLOUM
Dries MARTENS
Francisco MASSOT
Amber MERTENS
Alejandro NAVAZAS
Tim NAWROT
Kristof NEVEN
Jos OP'T ROODT
Leila PAQUAY
Martien PEUSENS
Michelle PLUSQUIN
Michael PORCU
Eline PROVOST
Carine PUT
Brigitte REIMANN
Tony REMANS
Wouter REYNS
Francois RINEAU
Jose RODRIGUEZ TITO
Harry ROELS
Joske RUYTINX
Ariadna SANCHEZ LOPEZ
Anabel SARAN
Magdalena SIESKIEWICZ
Wouter SILLEN
Flavio SILVEIRA RABELO
Hanne SLEURS
Kathleen SMOLDERS
Laure STEENAERTS
Vincent STEVENS
Sofie THIJS
Maria TSAMOU
Dominika TYLUS
Charlotte VAN DER STUKKEN
Kenneth VANBRABANT
Magda VANDELOO
Stephanie VANDIONANT
Jaco VANGRONSVELD
Francesca VANNUCCHI
Annette VRIENS
Karen VRIJENS
Nele WEYENS
Ann WIJGAERTS
Toon WILLEMS
Katrien WITTERS
Anu YADAV



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