The Young Associate Team of the IRD on the development of plant resources for the phytoremediation* of sites contaminated by heavy metals in Morocco, officially launched its activities in June 2018 at Mohamed V University in Rabat, for a period of 3 years. This project is in line with the sustainable development objectives adopted by the United Nations (2015) and responds to Morocco's concerns regarding the protection of biodiversity and the well-being of the population and is in line with the objectives of the "Green Morocco Plan".
Were present at this event: Professor Rachida Hassikou (Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Sciences of Rabat), Professor Jamel Aurag (Director of the BioBio Centre), members of the Biotechnology and Plant Physiology Laboratory, the Moroccan members and IRD of the JEAI including Professor Mouna Fahr who is in charge and Abdelaziz Smouni the deputy director of the research laboratory, Didier Boguzd (UMR DIADE) and Fabrice Colin (UMR CEREGE, JEAI correspondent).

Phytoremediation is a pollution control technique based on plants and their interactions with soil and microorganisms. It should be noted that JEAI - PhytoMet is part of an overall strategy to address the negative effects of mining and environmental pollution by metals. 
This launch meeting between Moroccan and French partners provided an opportunity to present the context of the project, to recall the objectives of JEAI -PhytoMet, and to present the preliminary results. Among other things, it demonstrated the skills and visibility of the young team and made it possible to promote collaborations between Moroccan researchers and IRD researchers on this theme. It was also recalled that this JPO is part of a historically established and particularly fruitful partnership between the Faculty of Science in Rabat and IRD.
The young team is heavily involved in organizing an international workshop in 2018 in Morocco on abandoned mines, in collaboration with the Moulay Ismail University of Meknes and the Rabat School of Mines 

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