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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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...
- 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....
- 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..Further, more data are still needed to quantify the underlying economics, as a support for public acceptance and last but not least to convince policy makers and stakeholders (who are not very familiar with such techniques)...
- 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...