Projects and funding


Remediation of polluted soil with waste material
Biostimulation of soil microbes in contaminated soils

Former projects:

Making in situ bioremediation the primary choice (BIOKUNTO).

Project in the TEKES SYMBIO programme. Coordinator: Martin Romantschuk The BIOKUNTO project brings together scientific expertise and companies with different approaches to cleaning of soil contaminated with organic pollutants. The main aim is to develop in situ applicable solutions for a variety of different sites and situations, to compete with the most common practice, excavation and replacement of the contaminated soil.

Fungal reduction of organic matter in contaminated soil

Evaluation of fungi for the removal of wood (sawdust) from dioxin contaminated soil to make the incineration process more feasible 2006-2008, funded by TEKES, joint project with Dr. Marja Tuomela including The University of Helsinki (Prof. Annele Hatakka), The University of Technology in Helsinki, two companies Niska & Nyyssönen and Mycocenter

Removal of endocrine disruptors from waste waters using fungal oxidative enzymes

The project\’s objective is to evaluate how and how much peroxidases produced by basidiomycetes can degrade or deactivate substances which mimic the action of natural hormones and interfere with their activities. This project is funded by the Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation and the principal investigator is our Ph.D. student Grit Kabiersch

Bioremediation of contaminated soils

Evaluation of degradation capabilities of LDF and wood-rotting fungi for the bioremediation of PAH and chlorophenols contaminated soils 2005-2007, funded by The Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation and the Academy of Finland, joint project with Dr. Marja Tuomela

Fungal bioremediation of wood and soil contaminated by polychlorinated phenols, dioxins and furans in old saw mill areas

Litter-decomposing basidiomycetes have a powerful biocatalytic system – based on MnP – to their disposal that allows them to attack recalcitrant aromatic compounds including hazardous organopollutants in the topmost soil layers. We try to use this ability for new soil-bioremediation techniques. Our target pollutants are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), polychlorinated phenols (PCPs), dioxins and dibenzofurans, TNT as well as endocrine disrupting compounds such as TBT and bisphenol A.
2004-2005, funded by The Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation and EKOKEM


Center of Excellence funding from The Academy of Finland and University of Helsinki Nessling Foundation EKOKEM TEKES INTAS