Technology offer : Phytostabilization of heavy metals in soils

Technology's description

The technology, developed by IRD and Cadi Ayyad University (Marocco), uses the beneficial effects of native mycorrhizae found in contaminated mine sites to improve the phytostabilization process of the area with using fast growing plants (for example Eucalyptus spp, casuarinas, jatrophacurcasor Australian acacias).

Thanks to this process, the mobility and dispersion of contaminants in soils is decreased. Consequently, the dust contamination in the air, in ground waters and agricultural lands at the vicinity of contaminated sites can be contained.

This innovative and environmentally friendly process is the appropriate solution to overcome the dispersion of heavy metals in the vicinity of contaminated sites.


  • Adaptable to any kind of environment and heavy metals ;
  • Resistant & adaptable to any kind of environment and heavy metals ;
  • Easy to use & inexpensive wrt conventional physico-chemical treatments ;
  • Environmental friendly.
Ref : OT-00005

Area of activity : ENVIRONMENT

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Industrial applications

  • Mining Industry ; Phytostabilization of soils & contaminated land ; Storage sites, mine site reclaiming, industrial area reclamation.

Intellectual property

  • This technology is protected by a patent

Technology transfer

  • Co-development with licensing agreement
  • Know-how
  • License


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