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CERESiS phytoremediation trial site planted in time for Glasgow COP26

Last week as Glasgow prepared for COP26 we were busy planting reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea) on our latest phytoremediation trial site. The brownfield site at the former Govan Graving Docks is a stone’s throw away from the venue for the UN Climate Conference and shares its heritage as a brownfield site left derelict from Glasgow’s carbon-intensive maritime industry. Access to the site has been negotiated through Seawater Solutions who are rewilding another part of the site using wetland species, including samphire (Salicornia europaea). The phytoremediation site will be monitored for growth and passive carbon capture capabilities before harvesting biomass for processing into sustainable liquid biofuel.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 101006717.