Exploring natural resources for dealing with waste: The Estuarine Research Group at WIT

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    Abstract

    The Estuarine Research Group (ERG) has a range of scientific expertise from molecular biology and bioremediation to inorganic chemistry and biological separations. Development of this research team was facilitated through funding under the Technological Sector Research Strand III (Core research strengths enhancement 2000-2006) initiative. Phase I projects of the research team are focused on novel, fundamental investigations into the chemical and biological mechanisms involved in heavy metal sequestration and binding to a range of seaweeds (Phaeophyceae, Rhodophyceae, and Chlorophyceae) commonly found in the South-East of Ireland. Such research, although fundamental in nature, has positive economic implications for society through the potential development of our natural resources as bioremediation products for metal-laden wastewater streams. A number of parallel research strands involving genetic, bioremediation, ecological and chemical studies are currently ongoing in the group. The combined output from these research elements is aimed at gaining a better understanding of the dynamics of metal uptake by seaweed species.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)16
    JournalResearch Matters
    Issue number6
    Publication statusPublished - 2006

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