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Microbial Community-based sequencing analysis linked to anthropogenic pressures: MicroCoKit to address the water quality

Objective

Microbial communities are microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae) at the base of the food web pyramid, representing about 50 % of the total biomass on Earth. They are responsible for the
biogeochemical cycles that shape the environment of earth and of its aquatic systems, influencing the health of each trophic and ultimately human health, too.
In Europe, the good quality of surface waters is established under the Water Frame Directiv (WFD) based either on the chemical monitoring, or on the ecological status and pathogen detection in
drinking and bathing waters.
However, methods and techniques currently used for monitoring water quality and to detect potential biohazards present several limitations due to the need of highly skilled technicians; the long time for obtaining results, and the lack of tools for an integrated monitoring and evaluation of all different biological and non biological parameters relevant to guide preventive/remediation actions by the water authorities.
MicroCokit, a close collaboration of academic groups with pan-European governmental laboratories and leading private enterprise, has been conceived to foster the transfer of knowledge among the partners with the final goal to bring to market faster, more sensitive and robust tools as bioindicators of water quality.
The tools will be developed according to three different kind of bioindicators, 1) Microbial community bioindicator; ii) Pathogen indicator; iii) Early warning bioindicators for bacteria,
cyanobacteria, and diatoms. The end-products will be of two kinds: a ready to use plate containing defined primers for quantitative Real Time PCR (qPCR) targeting the developed bioindicators and probes for Fluorescence in situ hybridization technique (FISH).
The participation of two private enterprises already active in the field of molecular biology diagnostics, will facilitate the translation of this innovative ideas and tools into real products that will benefit European society.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/virology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/mycology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/molecular biology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/mycology/ethnomycology
  • /agricultural sciences/agricultural biotechnology/biomass

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IAPP
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Funding Scheme

MC-IAPP - Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways (IAPP)

Coordinator

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 205 391,01
Administrative Contact
Anna Barra Caracciolo (Dr.)

Participants (4)

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 63 060,25
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francisco Lopes (Mr.)
MARINE BIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION OF THE UNITED KINGDOM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 1 100
Address
Citadel Hill The Laboratory
PL1 2PB Plymouth
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Linda Medlin (Prof.)
LGC LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 479 033,28
Address
Queens Road
TW11 0LY Teddington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Black John (Dr.)
NATURAL BIOTEC SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 123 024,64
Address
Carretera De Colmenar Viejo Km 15 Campus De Cantoblanco De La Universidad Autonoma Madrid Pabellon C
28049 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerardo Mengs (Dr.)