Environmental contaminants such as PCB, flame retardants, PFAS, heavy metals and residues of pesticides can have negative effects on both human health and ecosystems.
At the department, research is conducted concerning the dispersion and effects of environmental contaminants, as well as methods for treatment and remediation, and analysing techniques.
Examples of research projects
Several of the projects below are performed by the POPs group which research is focused on organic pollutants and contaminants of emerging concern. More projects are listed on their page.
- Newly inundated forest landscapes as hotspots for mercury bioaccumulation and transfer across the aquatic-terrestrial food web (INFORM-Hg)
- Ditch cleaning versus wetland restoration – Effects on mercury in water
- Mercury in runoff water
- MER-CLUB - MERcury Clean-Up system based on Bioremediation by marine bacteria
- Microbial mercury methylation in the Baltic Sea
- Restored wetlands - point sources for methane emissions and mercury methylation?
- FIBREM – characterization and remediation of fiberbank sediment
- Treatment technologies for PFASs in soil and drinking water
- PhytoRem - Phytoremediation of PFAS contaminated soil and groundwater
- POPscreen – Identification of emerging organic pollutants in archived biota
- RiskMix - Risk assessment of mixtures
- Food waste to new food
- Early detection of organic micropollutants in aquatic ecosystem
Pharmaceuticals and antibiotic resistance genes
- SLU Centre for Pesticides in the Environment
- SLU's environmental monitoring and assessment programme for A Non-Toxic Environment