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​European LIFE project
Demonstration of an innovative process for treating phytopharmaceutical effluents and the implementation of new practices among users

Published on 5 June 2019

Using the sun and bacteria for depollution: an innovative and inexpensive process

 In collaboration with the Barre Company (Lot-et-Garonne), a team of scientists from the CEA of Cadarache (Bouches-du-Rhône) has demonstrated the effectiveness of a system for treating phytopharmaceutical effluents, using selected photosynthetic bacteria. The proof of concept was performed via a trial made up of lagooning basins installed within the Guyenne farm (in Clairac, Lot-et-Garonne).

One project, four partners

The arboricultural experimental station “La Pugère” (Bouches-du-Rhône) and the Arts and Letters division of the University of Aix-Marseille have joined with the CEA (project coordinator) and the Barre Company for demonstration purposes and to educate the agricultural community. This 39-month project began in October 2013 and will end in 2016.

An innovative and transdisciplinary process

The originality of this process lies in the complementarity of the various proposed approaches. The first approach will be biotechnological and analytical in nature, in order to demonstrate the efficiency and usability of the plan. The other two approaches belong to the fields of sociology and communication, including a study of the social acceptability, and raising awareness to the environmental impact of pesticide use and the implementation of new practices in farming communities.

Laboratory involved in the project:

Laboratory of Cellular Bioenergetics (LBC, Cadarache)

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