Removal of xenobiotics under strict anaerobic conditions is now being proven and offers a great potential. At this date, only a little is known about the micro-organisms involved in such biodegradation. The aim of the project is to identify and characterize the microbial community degrading xenobiotics, such as Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), linear alkylbenzene sulfonate (LAS), nonylphenols and nonylphenols ethoxylate (NPE). For this, current molecular technologies are used to characterize the phylogeny of enriched cultures such as in situ hybridization, single strand chain polymorphism, cloning and sequencing. By association of these molecular techniques, we can also examine symbiosis between the different types of microbes involved.
|Effective start/end date||15/10/2003 → 31/12/2005|