Copper and Arsenic recovery as a post mining activity using indigenous plant hyperaccumulators
Duration: October 2012 - March 2016
Funding Institution: Department of Science and Technology - Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST - PCIEERD)
Faculty involved: Dr. Teresita R. Perez (Project Leader)
                            Dr. Rene Claveria (Project Leader)
                            Dr. Ian Navarrete (Project Staff)

This research involves studying hyperaccumulator plants and associated metallophytes to understand their potential in the remediation or rehabilitation of mined-out areas. Hyperaccumulators are known for their capability of absorbing metals in anomalous amounts. The initial phase of the project is focused on the identification and propagation of these plants for copper and arsenic uptake.  These potential hyperaccumlators will also be used to stabilize the mined out areas and facilitate plant succession. The subsequent phases will be dedicated in developing a technology that can recover the copper and arsenic from the plant.