European projects


Cropping hyperaccumulator plants on nickel-rich soils and wastes for the green synthesis of pure nickel compounds

Phytomining can offer an eco-efficient alternative to recover valuable metals from low grade ores with naturally occurring processes in plants. Based on the results from the projects Bio-Ore and PhytoMine the environmental and socio-economic viability of the phytomining cycle will be demonstrated in this project. Demonstration-sites in Greece, Albania, Spain and Austria will be set up. Effective agroecosystems will be implemented within a phytomining framework on a pilot-scale on 1) ultramafic agricultural land, 2) ultramafic quarries, and 3) technosols based on industrial wastes.

LIFE- AGROMINE will demonstrate at pilot-scale, the full phytomining cycle from cultivation of phytomining crops to recovery of valuable Ni-rich products and bioenergy. The project will offer a new pathway of dealing with Ni-contaminated sites and industrial waste.

Agromining chain

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Agromine: Let’s grow our metals!



Project coordination
Université de Lorraine, France

Project partners
Agro-Environment and Economic Management Center, Albania
Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Austria
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas , Spain
Eastern Macedonia and Thrace Institute of Technology, Greece
Microhumus SARL, France
Universiteit Hasselt, Belgium
alchemia-nova GmbH, Austria

Project status
Start 07/2016, duration 48 months
Life Environment 2015 – LIFE15 ENV/FR/000512
Total project budget: € 2 730 456,00
EU contribution: € 1 582 800,00


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