Soil protection has a direct impact on water and air quality, biodiversity, and climate change. IETU focuses its research on adapting the quality of soil and ground to the acceptable levels of ecological and health risks with a simultaneous maintaining and stimulating biodiversity. The scope of research includes combining methods for phytoremediation of a contaminated soil-water environment with the possibility of cultivating energy crops on degraded areas.
The scope of our research includes:
- selection of plant species for energy crop production on degraded areas and development of methods and procedures for site preparation based on remediation techniques,
- adaptation and use of vascular plants in the process of remediation of contaminated soil-water environment,
- methods and tools for phytoremediation of soil-water environment contaminated with organic and inorganic compounds based on the process effectiveness assessment (using risk assessment methods and molecular biology techniques),
- possibilities and methods of restoring the function of soil on degraded areas.
- MISCOMAR – Miscanthus Biomass Options for Contaminated and Marginal Land: Quality, Quantity and Soil Interactions (ERA-NET Co-Fund FACCE SURPLUS) - coordinator
- Phyto2Energy – Phytoremediation Driven Energy Crops Production on Heavy Metal Degraded Areas as Local Energy Carrier (FP7/Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – MSCA)
- LUMAT – Implementation of Sustainable Land Use in Integrated Environmental Management of Functional Urban Areas (INTERREG Central Europe) - coordinator
- TIMBRE – Tailored Improvement of Brownfield Regeneration in Europe (FP7)
- UPSOIL – Sustainable Soil Upgrading by Developing Cost-effective, Biogeochemical Remediation Approaches (FP7)
- GEOSAP – Water absorbing geocomposites – innovative technologies supporting plant vegetation (Operational Programme Innovative Economy 2007-2013)
- NAFTOSORB – Assessment of the usefulness of NAFTOSORB sorbent for reduction of heavy metal bioavailability in soil (Statutory research, Ministry of Science and Higher Education)