Bioscience and Biotechnology Institute of Aix-Marseille
LARGE PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
European LIFE projectDemonstration of an innovative process for treating phytopharmaceutical effluents and the implementation of new practices among users
In collaboration with the Barre Company (Lot-et-Garonne), a team of scientists from the CEA of Cadarache (Bouches-du-Rhône) has demonstrated the effectiveness of a system for treating phytopharmaceutical effluents, using selected photosynthetic bacteria. The proof of concept was performed via a trial made up of lagooning basins installed within the Guyenne farm (in Clairac, Lot-et-Garonne).
The arboricultural experimental station “La Pugère” (Bouches-du-Rhône) and the Arts and Letters division of the University of Aix-Marseille have joined with the CEA (project coordinator) and the Barre Company for demonstration purposes and to educate the agricultural community. This 39-month project began in October 2013 and will end in 2016.
The originality of this process lies in the complementarity of the various proposed approaches. The first approach will be biotechnological and analytical in nature, in order to demonstrate the efficiency and usability of the plan. The other two approaches belong to the fields of sociology and communication, including a study of the social acceptability, and raising awareness to the environmental impact of pesticide use and the implementation of new practices in farming communities.
Laboratory of Cellular Bioenergetics (LBC, Cadarache)
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.