In multiple workpackages within AQUAREHAB, bacteria were isolated from environmental samples and were studied for their capacity to degrade certain pollutants.
- Enrichment cultures for aerobic and anaerobic degradation of chlorinated compounds were isolated,
- Pesticides-degrading bacteria were enriched, comprising an aerobic atrazine degrading strain.
Further, materials for capping riverbeds to prevent influx of pollutants from the groundwater into the river water, were identified via laboratory scale tests. The materials are good carrier materials for bacteria and release C-sources needed for bacteria to degrade, amongst others, chlorinated compounds.
A large set of micro-scale ZVIs from Höganäs was screened from which the most reactive compounds were selected.