Project

Ecological impact of the spatiotemporal distribution of termite hills of the Katanga mine area and their agronomic potentiality in an ecological system Soils-Termite hills-Vegetation.

Duration
01 September 2012 → 31 May 2016
Funding
Federal funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Other chemical sciences
    • Geochemistry
    • Geology
    • Physical geography and environmental geoscience
    • Other biological sciences
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural plant production
Keywords
DR Congo termites pollution heavy metals tropical soils
 
Project description

In this research project the use of termite materials as a natural soil amendment will be tested in the tradional agricultural systems of the local farmers through the monitoring of experimental plots.The dynamics of heavy metals in termite mounds will be studied as well especially in areas where rocks containing these heavy metals occur close to the surface. This will allow us to assess the potential pollution of the agricultural lands.