AgriAs: Evaluation and management of arsenic contamination in agricultural soil and water

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Kirsti Loukola Ruskeeniemi1 

Coordinator: Kirsti Loukola-Ruskeeniemi

Projects  Partner and Institution:
Juha Kaija, Geological Survey of Finland
Riitta Keiski, University of Oulu, Finland
Susan Reichel, G.E.O.S. Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Germany
Fabienne Battaglia-Brunet, Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières-BRGM, France
Marina le Guédard, LEB Aquitaine Transfert, France 
Prosun Bhattacharya, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden 

Key words: WWTP, arsenic, agricultural soil, surface water, risk management, bioavailability, adsorption materials, membrane technologies, photocatalytic techonogies.

Abstract: The main objective of AgriAs is to evaluate and manage European risks of As exposure through agriculture. AgriAs project will build on existing knowledge by using national and European databases, develop and test new technologies and evaluate risks. Arsenic in agricultural soils and water, and its subsequent entering into the food chain cause potential risk to human health and to aquatic and soil organisms. Demonstration and dissemination of deliverables will be organized in close interaction with stakeholders, end-users and policy-makers. The project team consisting of research institutes, universities and companies has long international experience on arsenic studies. The results of the project have potential for commercial exploitation especially in water and soil treatment. The results and the new knowledge can be utilized also by SMEs, especially in the generation of bio-indicators, arsenic removal technologies and soil-conditioners.

Project structure
Governing Board is the operational body for the execution of the Project and also ultimate decision-making and conciliation body and consists of one representative from each participating organisation. Seven WP:s (please see the list below). The Advisory Board consists of the following expert members:

  •  Professor Jose Solis Veliz National University of Engineering, Lima, Peru.
  •  Professor Jose Miguel Nieto, Universidad de Huelva, Spain.
  •  Professor Sirpa Kurppa. Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Bio-based Business and Industry,
  • Recycling economy solutions.
  •  Dr. Ingo Müller, Desk officer, SAXON STATE OFFICE FOR ENVIRONMENT, Freiberg, Germany.
  •  Dr. Teodóra Szőcs, Head of Hydrogeology Department, Magyar Földtani és Geofizikai Intézet - MFGI,
  • Hungary, International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH) Vice President - Europe (West and Central)
  •  Dr. Grzegorz Siebielec, Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation of Poland. 

WP1 - Arsenic concentrations in water, soil and crops (Leader: Timo Tarvainen, GTK); 
WP 2 - Effect of agricultural practices on arsenic concentration, bioavailability and toxicity in water and soil (Leader: Fabienne Battaglia-Brunet, BRGM);
WP 3 - Arsenic removal technology & innovation (Leader: Auli Turkki, University of Oulu);
WP 4 - Risk assessment in selected target sites (Leader: Prosun Bhattacharya, KTH);
WP 5 - Sustainable management of arsenic risk & recommendations (Leader: Kirsti Loukola-Ruskeeniemi, GTK);
WP 6 - Outreach & Exploitation (Leader: Auli Turkki, University of Oulu);
WP 7 - Management (Leader: Juha Kaija, GTK).

Existing European wide data on As in agricultural soils and water as well as the major data gaps will be reported in the beginning of the project. Report of the literature survey and market research on water and soil purification techniques will be delivered. Results and conclusions of the laboratory experiments will be reported at the end of the project. Research results will be published in scientific journals and information on the results will be distributed in academic meetings as well as in events for the public.

Contact Point for  Communication/Dissemination activities: Kirsti Loukola-Ruskeeniemi, GTK

Contact Point for Open Data/Open Access activities: Kirsti Loukola-Ruskeeniemi, GTK, Finland

Results of the project: Data and resources

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published on 2017/03/23 10:00:00 GMT+1 last modified 2020-01-08T11:19:05+01:00