Dev. Cost-Effective Biological Removal Technology for Selenium & Nitrate from Flue Gas Desulfurization Wastewater from Existing Power Generating Facility


Candidate genes in model system
Candidate genes in model system
West Virginia State University
Website:  West Virginia State University
Award Number:  FE0027893
Project Duration:  10/01/2016 – 09/30/2019
Total Award Value:  $249,999
DOE Share:  $249,999
Performer Share:  $0
Technology Area:  Plant Optimization Technologies
Key Technology: 
Location:  Institute, West Virginia

Project Description

This project will investigate and determine a technically feasible and cost-effective process for designing photosynthetic organisms capable of sequestering selenium (Se) and nitrates from flue gas desulfurization (FGD) wastewater. The project will investigate changes in transcripts and metabolism in algae and plants in response to FGD wastewater and explore biotechnological strategies to increase sequestration of Se and nitrates in biomass to improve agricultural productivity.

Project Benefits

The project will develop tools such as transcriptomic and metabolomics data, algae, duckweeds, Arabidopsis Transfer-DNA (T-DNA)mutants/transgenic plants for basic and applied water research. This will lead to maximization of sequestration of Se and nitrates in biomass for FGD wastewater remediation, reduction in power plant use of freshwater resources, and enhanced agricultural production.

Contact Information

Federal Project Manager 
Maria Reidpath:
Technology Manager 
Briggs White:
Principal Investigator 
Dr. Sanjaya:

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