Fraunhofer-Institut für Molekularbiologie und Angewandte Oekologie IME-AE (IME)

 Germany

The research organization FhG (56 institutes) undertakes applied research that drives economic development and serves the wider benefit of society. IME’s activities cover two main areas: Molecular Biolgy and Applied Ecology.

The overall aim of the Applied Ecology division is to determine and assess the risk of synthetic chemicals and natural substances for ecosystems, and for humans via contamination of food, feed and consumer products. The current topics and business areas are: (i) chemical and product safety, (ii) fate and effect of agrochemicals, (iii) uptake and metabolism of agrochemicals, (iv) food and feed safety, (v) environmental monitoring, (vi) soil and water protection.

The main task in the project ist the coordination of the Environmental Part, and within this part the coordination of WP 10 "Ecotoxicology" Work will be performed in several WPs. WP 10: effects on collembola and microorganisms; Parameter relevant for populations will be used. For microorganisms acitivy parameters (respiration, nitrification, functional biodiversity) will be investigated. Functional biodiversity will be linked to results of partner 10, studying structural biodiversity; WP 7: close cooperation as head of WP 10; studying the fate of ENPs in model sewage treatment plants; information on sorption to sewage sludge, and entry/imission of ENPs in surface water will be elaborated; WP 8: Information from sewage treatment plants will be delivered. WP 13: ecotoxicity data and fate data (sewage treatment plants) will be delivered as basis for risk assessment; WP 15: on the basis of fate and ecotox data recommendations are delivered concerning relenvant monitoring sites.

Contact:
Kerstin Hund-Rinke
Auf dem Aberg 1
57392 Schmallenberg
Germany
Tel.: +49 2972 302 266

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