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ReSoil is a sustainable (effective, cost-efficient, soil preserving, environmentally safe) technology and a breakthrough eco-innovation which promises remediation of now unattended contaminated areas. As such ReSoil has spurred widespread interest in the scientific community. Prof. Domen Leštan leads R&D at Envit Ltd. and the soil remediation research group at University of Ljubljana. Envit and UL cooperate with scientists from University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna in an ongoing research project concerning the management of demonstrational vegetable gardens with ReSoil remediated soil in Slovenia and Austria, financed by the Slovenian Research Agency and Austrian Science Fund. The properties of soil organic matter in ReSoil remediated soil are studied in cooperation between UL and scientists from University of Udine, Italy. Contaminated soil from Pribram, Czech Republic was also treated using ReSoil; research commenced between UL and scientists from Czech University of Life Sciences Prague on ecosystem services of remediated soil.


GLUHAR, Simon, JEŽ, Erika, LEŠTAN, Domen. The use of zero-valent Fe for curbing toxic emissions after EDTA-based washing of PB, Zn and CD contaminated calcareous and acidic soil. Chemosphere, 2018, vol. 215, p-482-489.

KAURIN, Anela, CERNILOGAR, Zarja, LEŠTAN Domen. Revitalisation of metal-contaminated, EDTA-washed soil by addition of unpolluted soil, compost and biochar: Effects on soil enzyme activity, microbial community composition and abundance. Chemosphere, 2017, vol 193, p- 726-736.

KAURIN, Anela and LEŠTAN, Domen. Multi-substrate induced microbial respiration, nitrification potential and enzyme activities in metal-polluted, EDTA-washed soils. Environmental pollution, 2018, vol 243, p- 238-245.

LEŠTAN, Domen. Novel chelant-based washing method for soil contaminated with Pb and other metals: A pilot-scale study. Land Degrad Develop. 2017, vol. 28,p. 2585-2595.


Life ReSoil: Demonstrationof innovative soil washing technology for removal of toxic metals from highly contaminated garden soil
Co-financer: LIFE
Duration: 1. 7. 2013 – 31. 12. 2017

Quality and functioning of contaminated garden soil as a plant substrate after remediation

Co-financer: Slovenian Research Agency

Duration: 1.1.2010 – 30.4.2013

Remediation model for garden soils in Upper Meža valley
Co-financer: Slovenian Research Agency
Duration: 1.7.2011 – 30.6.2013

Development of electrolytic cell for recycling of EDTA in solution after the washing of polluted soil
Co-financer: Slovenski podjetniški sklad