The sea water in particular is regularly affected by pollution with hydrocarbons. Generally speaking, the detection of sea water pollution is today only carried out through the direct vision of this pollution and its consequences on the environment. As a result, a significant number of sea water pollution cases are not detected whereas it has noxous effects on the environment or are detected too lately for their treatment and the prevention of their consequences to be fully effective. Lastly, the identification of its roots is not easy. NEREIDES and TMI aim to answer these needs through the development of a low cost biologic sensor to detect sea water hydrocarbon pollution. The foreseen sensor will use microorganisms or microbial enzymes to detect some of the compounds constantly present in hydrocarbons: naphtalene and phenanthrene. The main features are : real-time detection, very low detection thresholds, easy setting-up, low manufacturing, implementing, operating and servicing costs. These advantages would allow to reduce in a major way the impact of water pollution on the environment, to ensure an easy identification of their origin, to identify the polluters and thus to decrease the number of offence.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards