Affiliation: Hasselt University
- Plant-associated bacteria and their role in the success or failure of metal phytoextraction projects: first observations of a field-related experimentNele Weyens
Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Agoralaan Building D, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
Microb Biotechnol 6:288-99. 2013..We hypothesize that the difference in the metal accumulation capacity between BR and TO clones might be at least partly related to differences in characteristics of their associated bacterial population...
- Phytoremediation: plant-endophyte partnerships take the challengeNele Weyens
Hasselt University, Department of Environmental Biology, Diepenbeek, Belgium
Curr Opin Biotechnol 20:248-54. 2009..Furthermore, endophytes that can degrade organic contaminants and deal with or, even better, improve extraction of the metals offer promising ways to improve phytoremediation of mixed pollution...
- Endophytic bacteria improve phytoremediation of Ni and TCE co-contaminationNele Weyens
Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Agoralaan, Building D, B 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
Environ Pollut 158:2422-7. 2010..In addition, TCE evapotranspiration showed a decreasing trend and a 5 times higher Ni uptake was observed after inoculation...
- Short rotation coppice culture of willows and poplars as energy crops on metal contaminated agricultural soilsAnn Ruttens
Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Agoralaan, Diepenbeek, Belgium
Int J Phytoremediation 13:194-207. 2011..Based on the data of the first growing cycle, for this particular case, SRC of willows should be recommended...
- Endophytes and their potential to deal with co-contamination of organic contaminants (toluene) and toxic metals (nickel) during phytoremediationNele Weyens
Hasselt University, Centre for Environmental Sciences, Diepenbeek, Belgium
Int J Phytoremediation 13:244-55. 2011..cepacia BU72 inoculated plants. These results indicate that engineered endophytes have the potential to assist their host plant to deal with co-contamination of toxic metals and organic contaminants during phytoremediation...
- Bacteria associated with oak and ash on a TCE-contaminated site: characterization of isolates with potential to avoid evapotranspiration of TCENele Weyens
Environmental Biology, Hasselt University, Agoralaan Building D, 3590, Diepenbeek, Belgium
Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 16:830-43. 2009..In this study, only the cultivable bacteria were characterized because the final aim was to isolate TCE-degrading, heavy metal resistant bacteria that might be used as traceable inocula to enhance bioremediation...
- Understanding the development of roots exposed to contaminants and the potential of plant-associated bacteria for optimization of growthTony Remans
Environmental Biology, Hasselt University, Diepenbeek, Belgium
Ann Bot 110:239-52. 2012..Furthermore, the potential of plant-associated bacteria to influence root growth by their growth-promoting and stress-relieving capacities is explored...
- Potential of the TCE-degrading endophyte Pseudomonas putida W619-TCE to improve plant growth and reduce TCE phytotoxicity and evapotranspiration in poplar cuttingsNele Weyens
Hasselt University, Centre for Environmental Sciences, Agoralaan Building D, B 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
Environ Pollut 158:2915-9. 2010..Dichloroacetic acid (DCAA) and trichloroacetic acid (TCAA), which are known intermediates of TCE degradation, were not detected...
- Bioaugmentation with engineered endophytic bacteria improves contaminant fate in phytoremediationNele Weyens
Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Agoralaan Building D, B 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
Environ Sci Technol 43:9413-8. 2009..Since P. putida W619-TCE was engineered via horizontal gene transfer, its deliberate release is not restricted under European genetically modified organisms (GMO) regulations...
- Exploiting plant-microbe partnerships to improve biomass production and remediationNele Weyens
Hasselt University, Department of Environmental Biology, CMK, Universitaire Campus building D, B 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
Trends Biotechnol 27:591-8. 2009..Furthermore, because many bacteria show a natural capacity to cope with contaminants, they could be exploited to improve the efficiency of phytoremediation or to protect the food chain by reducing levels of agrochemicals in food crops...
- Phytoremediation of contaminated soils and groundwater: lessons from the fieldJaco Vangronsveld
Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Agoralaan Building D, 3590, Diepenbeek, Belgium
Environ Sci Pollut Res Int 16:765-94. 2009..Because remediation with transgenic organisms is largely untested in the field, this topic is not covered in this review. Brief attention will be paid to the economical aspects, use, and processing of the biomass...
- Field note: hydraulic containment of a BTEX plume using poplar treesTanja Barac
Hasselt University, Environmental Biology, Diepenbeek, Belgium
Int J Phytoremediation 11:416-24. 2009....
- Potential for plant growth promotion by a consortium of stress-tolerant 2,4-dinitrotoluene-degrading bacteria: isolation and characterization of a military soilSofie Thijs
Centre for Environmental Sciences, Hasselt University, Agoralaan, B 3590, Diepenbeek, Belgium
Microb Biotechnol 7:294-306. 2014..After 9 days, doubling of main root length was observed. Our results indicate that beneficial bacteria inhabiting a disturbed environment have the potential to improve plant growth and alleviate 2,4-DNT stress. ..