The Department of Geochemistry (DG), GEUS is experienced in research dealing with fate and transport of organic chemicals in soil and water. The research of DG focuses on applied microbial ecology of contaminated soil and water resources, especially the fate of pesticides, oil and PAH compounds. Recent research projects have investigated isomer-specific degradation of methylated PAHs, quantification of PAH degraders in soil by quantitative real time PCR, and the development of miniaturized radio-respirometric methods.
Main tasks in the project
- Development of isomer ratio indicators as a tool to access oil biodegradation (WP2)
- Development of molecular tools for monitoring genes relevant for the degradation of hydrocarbons in the marine environment (WP2)
- Seawater and sediment sampling in the Disko Bay, Western Greenland (WP8).
- Validation of the chemical and molecular monitoring techniques developed at real oil spills (WP8)