ULIXES

Unravelling and exploiting Mediterranean Sea microbial diversity and ecology for Xenobiotics’ and pollutants’ clean up

 Coordinatore UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO 

 Organization address address: Via Festa Del Perdono 7
city: MILANO
postcode: 20122

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Margherita
Cognome: Pasetti
Email: send email
Telefono: 390250000000
Fax: 390250000000

 Nazionalità Coordinatore Italy [IT]
 Totale costo 3˙909˙331 €
 EC contributo 2˙993˙812 €
 Programma FP7-KBBE
Specific Programme "Cooperation": Food, Agriculture and Biotechnology
 Code Call FP7-KBBE-2010-4
 Funding Scheme CP-FP
 Anno di inizio 2011
 Periodo (anno-mese-giorno) 2011-02-01   -   2014-01-31

 Partecipanti

# participant  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

 Organization address address: Via Festa Del Perdono 7
city: MILANO
postcode: 20122

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Margherita
Cognome: Pasetti
Email: send email
Telefono: 390250000000
Fax: 390250000000

IT (MILANO) coordinator 306˙219.25
2    UNIVERSITEIT GENT

 Organization address address: SINT PIETERSNIEUWSTRAAT 25
city: GENT
postcode: 9000

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Nathalie
Cognome: Vandepitte
Email: send email
Telefono: +32 9 264 3029
Fax: +32 9 264 3583

BE (GENT) participant 300˙000.00
3    CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

 Organization address address: Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
city: ROMA
postcode: 185

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Michail
Cognome: Yakimov
Email: send email
Telefono: 39090669003
Fax: 39090669007

IT (ROMA) participant 299˙140.75
4    EcoTechSystems Srl

 Organization address address: VIA CADUTI DEL LAVORO 27
city: Ancona
postcode: 60131

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Monica
Cognome: Armeni
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 071 204903
Fax: +39 071 204903

IT (Ancona) participant 298˙200.00
5    AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

 Organization address address: CALLE SERRANO 117
city: MADRID
postcode: 28006

contact info
Titolo: Mr.
Nome: Eusebio
Cognome: Jiménez Arroyo
Email: send email
Telefono: +34 91 566 88 52
Fax: +34 91 566 89 13

ES (MADRID) participant 294˙880.00
6    BANGOR UNIVERSITY

 Organization address address: COLLEGE ROAD
city: BANGOR
postcode: LL57 2DG

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Christine
Cognome: Davey
Email: send email
Telefono: +44 1248 382136
Fax: +44 1248 382042

UK (BANGOR) participant 294˙420.00
7    THE RESEARCH COMMITTEE OF THE TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF CRETE

 Organization address address: BUILDING E4 CAMPUS KONOUPIDIANA
city: CHANIA
postcode: 73132

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Argyro
Cognome: Vaidaki
Email: send email
Telefono: +30 28210 37033
Fax: +30 28210 37081

EL (CHANIA) participant 285˙004.00
8    Nome Ente NON disponibile

 Organization address address: Campus Universitaire
city: Tunis
postcode: 2092

contact info
Titolo: Dr.
Nome: Ameur
Cognome: Cherif
Email: send email
Telefono: +216 25460651
Fax: +216 70860553

TN (Tunis) participant 239˙700.00
9    ALMA MATER STUDIORUM-UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

 Organization address address: Via Zamboni 33
city: BOLOGNA
postcode: 40126

contact info
Titolo: Ms.
Nome: Verdiana
Cognome: Bandini
Email: send email
Telefono: +39 051 2099764
Fax: +39 051 2098115

IT (BOLOGNA) participant 176˙398.00
10    YARMOUK UNIVERSITY

 Organization address address: Al Defa Al-Madani Street .
city: IRBID
postcode: 21163

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Hanan
Cognome: Malkawi
Email: send email
Telefono: +962 797 476644
Fax: +962 2 7211121

JO (IRBID) participant 174˙900.00
11    MUBARAK CITY FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY APPLICATIONS

 Organization address address: AHMED ZWEIL AVENUE UNIVERSITIES
city: ALEXANDRIA

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Yasser
Cognome: Abdel-Fattah
Email: send email
Telefono: 2034593420
Fax: 2034593423

EG (ALEXANDRIA) participant 174˙150.00
12    UNIVERSITE HASSAN II AIN CHOCK CASABLANCA

 Organization address address: RUE TAREK IBN ZIAD
city: CASABLANCA
postcode: 20000

contact info
Titolo: Prof.
Nome: Mohamed
Cognome: Blaghen
Email: send email
Telefono: 212522000000
Fax: 212522000000

MA (CASABLANCA) participant 150˙800.00

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 Obiettivo del progetto (Objective)

'The project ULIXES aims to unravel, categorize, catalogue, exploit and manage the microbial diversity available in the Mediterranean Sea for addressing bioremediation of polluted marine sites. The idea behind ULIXES is that the multitude of diverse environmental niches of the Mediterranean Sea contains a huge range of microorganisms and their components (e.g. catabolic enzymes) or products (e.g. biosurfactant) that can be exploited in pollutant- and site-tailored bioremediation approaches. ULIXES intends to provide the proof of concept that it is possible to establish and exploit for bioremediation site-specific collections of microbial strains, mixed microbial cultures, enzymes, biosurfactants and other microbial products. These biotechnological resources will be mined by using approaches based on isolation of culturable microorganisms as well as by extensively applying advanced novel ‘meta-omics’ technologies recently developed by the project partners and exclusively available for ULIXES. Three pollutant classes recognized worldwide as environmental priorities will be considered: petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated compounds and heavy metals. A large set of polluted environmental matrices from sites located all over the Mediterranean Sea will be explored, including seashore sands, lagoon sediments, deep sea sediments polluted by heavy oil hydrocarbons at oil tanker shipwreck sites, hypersaline waters and sediments from polluted salty coastal lakes and natural deep hypersaline anoxic submarine basins and mud volcanoes where hydrocarbon seepages occur. The mined collections of microbial biotechnological products will be exploited for development of novel improved bioremediation processes whose effectiveness will be proved by ex situ and in situ field bioremediation trials. A careful dissemination action will be pursued to assure capillary information of the ULIXES results and products to stakeholders and SMEs operating in the sector of marine bioremediation.'

Introduzione (Teaser)

European researchers have created the largest-ever collection of microorganisms from the Mediterranean Sea, in search of microbes that can help treat marine pollution.

Descrizione progetto (Article)

The position of the Mediterranean Sea combined with its heavy maritime traffic makes it inherently prone to pollution. In the past, oil spill accidents from pipelines and oil tanker shipwrecks resulted in various parts of the basin becoming extensively polluted.

Many of these sites, especially on the African coastal areas, have been overlooked for remediation efforts. The EU-funded http://www.ulixes.unimi.it/ (ULIXES) initiative addressed this problem by studying microbial diversity in both clean and polluted sites of the Mediterranean Sea.

Bioremediation entails either the stimulation of local microbial communities to remove pollutants, or augmentation of the polluted site through the introduction of laboratory-enriched microbes. The information generated by ULIXES provides resources for future bioremediation of polluted marine sites.

The ULIXES consortium searched the Mediterranean Sea for microbes and metabolites that could be used in bioremediation efforts. Researchers focused on microbes that can degrade hydrocarbons and halogenated compounds. Some of the collected microbial species were also evaluated for long-term bioremediation processes.

Additionally, researchers recorded the diversity of microbes encountered in polluted sites and studied the metabolic pathways involved in natural remediation processes. They created a database of microbes from polluted environments and a geographical map linking the different contaminated sites with certain microbial species.

By performing a high-throughput analysis of the microbes in the Mediterranean, the ULIXES consortium provided an unprecedented collection of useful microorganisms and compounds. With further study, these microbes could be used to treat environmental pollution.

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