Project R-6625


The Phyllomicrobiomed of Hornbeam (Carpinus Betulus L.) and its potential role in detoxification of air contaminants (Research)


The air is crucial substance for human (and many other living organisms) health and life. It can be polluted by gases and PM (particulate matter) from many different sources e.g. traffic, combustion, natural disasters. In recent years, air pollution has become a problem in many areas of the globe and it is advisable to deal with the problem. In this project the evaluation of microorganisms capacity for degrade / detoxify pollutants, in process defined air remediation is proposed. In proposed approach it will be called phylloremediation, because of analyzing possible air cleaning with use of microbiomes of plant above-ground parts which consists of endomicrobiomes and epimicrobiomes. It is planned to determine genera of phyllo- bacteria, archaea and fungi that lives in and on above-ground plant parts in non-cultivable manner by 16S rDNA sequencing and to find cultivable organisms that possibly have the abilities to degrade air pollution of organic and petroleum origin. It is also the task to establish the knowledge about plants that promote presence of such microorganisms and to determine if they are usable to plant them to help in cleaning the air by their micro-inhabitants.

Period of project

01 May 2016 - 31 December 2018