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Project: Baltic Phytoremediation (BAPR)

This project aims at an increased use of green technologies in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area. The proposed Baltic Phytoremediation could well contribute to the market spread of the proposed technology and to the diversification of the environmental remediation market. The project fits the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region well and can contribute to effective environmental management of contaminated sites.

Project information

Project manager
William Hogland
Other project members at Linnaeus University
Juris Burlakovs, Yahya Jani and Jelena Lundström
Participating organizations
- Linnaeus University, Sweden (lead partner)
- Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland
- Klaipėda University, Lithuania
- Gdańsk Municipal Waste Management, Poland
- Lithuanian Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry, Lithuania
- Municipality of Nybro, Sweden
Associated partners
- The Swedish Embassy in Warsaw, Poland
- Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Latvia
- IUC Syd, Sweden
Interreg South Baltic (total budget EUR 1 357 300)
1 June 2019–5 May 2022
Environmental technology (Department of biology and environmental science, Faculty of health and life sciences)

More about the project

This project aims at preventing soil contamination, which is a challenge defined on the European-wide scale. The threat from heavy metals soil pollution results directly as the consequence of the movement in the food chain: the soil – plants (i.e. crops) – animals and the possibility of accumulation in the last link, i.e. the human body. The project fills the niche for green tech innovation, linking agriculture, industry and green technologies for a cleaner environment. 

The overall idea of the project is to raise cross-border awareness of available green phytoremediation technologies to clean soil from pollutants such as oil, industry related contaminants, heavy metals, nutrients and microplastics, through new arenas of cooperation that focus on a circular economy approach.

The project will show case solutions on phytoremediation and energy production from grown crops to clean polluted soil, and host a network to exchange cross-border knowledge through best practices/standards.

Specific objective

The overall objective is increased use of green technologies in order to decrease the pollution discharges in the South Baltic area.

The project is part of the research in The Environmental Science and Engineering Group (ESEG) research group.

Read/listen to more

Experten: De här växterna kan ta bort gifter i din trädgård.
Feature in the radio channel P4 Kalmar, 27 August 2019 (in Swedish).

Image gallery

Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana
Kalanchoe Blossfeldiana (flaming Katy, Christmas kalanchoe, florist kalanchoe, Madagascar widow's-thrill), one of the plants that may be used in the study. Hogland
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