A 7-member consortium of SMEs and research associations developing a modular platform for monitoring toxins in water and food production facilities using biosensors derived from aquatic organisms (Rationally Designed Aquatic Receptors).
Large numbers of compounds both natural and manmade are released into the environment; some of these are toxins such as endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) and can affect the endocrine, immune and nervous systems of a wide range of animals causing many different types of problems including reproductive disorders and cancers. Detection of these contaminants in food or water is important to protect sensitive environmental sites and reduce the risk of toxins entering the food supply.
Current detection methods are lab-based, requiring collection of samples for analysis and the analysis methods are relatively slow, often require expensive equipment and specialist technical expertise. RADAR aims to develop an instrument for remote, on-site monitoring, for spot testing or continual monitoring using relatively low-cost methods with little user expertise required and options for automated notification of results.
FP7- KBBE / Programme 'Cooperation', no. 265721
Research Theme: 'Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology'