QCBS Students

Maxime Fortin Faubert

Université de Montréal
Ph.D. candidate

Supervisor: Mohamed Hijri
Start: 2015-05-01

Mycoremediation and phytoremediation of soil contaminated by organic and inorganic pollutants
I actually work with the oyster mushroom (Pleurotus Ostreatus) and willows (Salix), to assess their potential for bioremediation of soils contaminated by organic and inorganic pollutants. Willows are known to be effective plants to extract some inorganic compounds from the soil and accumulate them in their tissues. Organic contaminants such as PCBs and PAHs are not effectively removed from the ground by these plants. However Willows can stimulate some soil bacterial communities capable of degrading theses contaminants. Some white rot fungi, like oyster mushrooms, can also contribute to the degradation of these pollutants.