Completing the project concerning the extraction and purification of marine algae
Recently, the project concerning the cultivation of marine algae has been completed, which is a joint venture between Qatar University - represented by the Environmental Studies Center - and ExxonMobil. The Department of Fisheries at the Ministry of Environment has also participated in the project.
The research team has succeeded in extracting and purifying six species of marine algae. It is worth mentioning that this study is the first phase of the project and the second phase is expected to start at the beginning of 2013 which will focus on environmental applications of marine algae
A new project on the use of plants to remove toxic effects of industrial waste water
A research team at the Environmental Studies Center is investigating the role of various plants in removing the organic and inorganic pollutants associated with the process of oil and gas extraction. This technique is known as phytoremediation.
It is worth mentioning that there are a number of plants that grow in the State of Qatar which is successful in getting rid of pollutants. Phragmites australis is regarded as one of most important plant of this kind, which proved highly effective in this process.