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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
Raf AERTS
Elizabeth ALEMAN
Rossella ALFANO
Wondie AMANU
Valentin AMBROISE
Maria Rosalva ANGULO REYES
Natascha ARNAUTS
Natalie BEENAERTS
Esmee BIJNENS
Eva BONGAERTS
Izabela BORKOWSKA
Hannelore BOVE
Rein BRAEKEN
Johan CEUSTERS
Iva CHOLAKOVA
Julie CLAES
Jan COLPAERT
Charlotte COSEMANS
Hanne CROONS
Ann CUYPERS
Patrick DE BOEVER
Thais DE RUYTER
Alain DE VOCHT
Jana DECKERS
Sarah DESCAMPS
Yinthe DOCKX
Evi DONS
Liesa ENGELEN
Jordan ESPENSHADE
Yilan FUNG BOIX
Luca GENTILE
Laura GOMEZ HERRERA
Kristof GROSJEAN
Pauline HAUTEKIET
Sophie HENDRIX
Janneke HOGERVORST
Nele HOREMANS
Wiktoria HRYN
Michiel HUYBRECHTS
Valeria IMPERATO
Verena IVEN
Bram JANSSEN
Marijke JOZEFCZAK
Houman KAHROBA
Kris KUNNEN
Pol LAANEN
Tori LANGILL
Christophe LOIX
Leen LUYTEN
Riccardo MANCINELLI
Dries MARTENS
Daniel MENDEZ RODRIGUEZ
Amber MERTENS
Elzbieta MIERZEJEWSKA
Joline MILLEN
Shradha MISHRA
Maria MORENO DRUET
Tim NAWROT
Kristof NEVEN
Olivier NOUWEN
Jos OP'T ROODT
Yadenis ORTEGA DIAZ
Leila PAQUAY
Ingeborg PECQUEUR
Javier PENA LOPEZ
Kristine PETROSYAN
Martien PEUSENS
Michelle PLUSQUIN
Michael PORCU
Carine PUT
Leen RASKING
Brigitte REIMANN
Tony REMANS
Eleni RENAERS
Francois RINEAU
Jose RODRIGUEZ TITO
Harry ROELS
Anabel SARAN
Wouter SILLEN
Hanne SLEURS
Kathleen SMOLDERS
Anna SOERENSEN
Nadia SOUDZILOVSKAIA
Laure STEENAERTS
Vincent STEVENS
Xander SWINNEN
Sofie THIJS
Dominika TYLUS
Martin VAN DE VEN
Charlotte VAN DER STUKKEN
Isabelle VAN DYCK
Thessa VAN PEE
Kenneth VANBRABANT
Isabeau VANBUEL
Magda VANDELOO
Stephanie VANDIONANT
Jaco VANGRONSVELD
Rik VERDONCK
Lore VERHEYEN
Stijn VOS
Karen VRIJENS
Congrong WANG
Katrien WITTERS
Anu YADAV



Projects of the research group 


Publications of the research group 


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