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Fluorescent rapid and ultra-sensitive detection test for the tracking of toxic algal species in the marine environment

Objective

OBJECTIVES AND EXPECTED ACHIEVEMENTS 1.1 Background
The continued increase of the world population demands a similar increase in the production of food protein and carbohydrates. The need for an increase in the food production calls for intensified exploitation of marine living resources, either through commercial fishing of wild stocks, or, more likely, through large scale aquaculture of fish, shellfish and algae in coastal areas. It is estimated that our use of aquaculture facilities will increase ten fold by the year 2050.

In the marine environment, microalgae can often grow rapidly or be concentrated by physical factors to attain extremely high concentrations such that they discolor the water and may toxify shellfish. Although algal "blooms" can be a common occurrence in aquatic habitats, they can also impart serious detrimental effects to the environment and to public health when they are associated with toxicity for human and/or sea products.

Coordinator

UMR 7628 - CNRS/UNIVERSITE PIERRE ET MARIE CURIE
Address
Pb 44 Avenue Du Fontaule 1
Banyuls-sur-mer
France

Participants (5)

ALFRED-WEGENER INSTITUT FUR POLAR UND MEERESFORSCHUNG
Germany
Address
Am Handelshaven
Bremerhaven
CHEMUNEX SA
France
Address
Immeuble Paryseine - 3 All E De La Seine
Ivry-sur-seine
IFREMER - DEL/MP
France
Address
Rue De L'lle D'yeu Bp 21105
Nantes
INSTITUTO ESPANOL DE OCEANOGRAFIA
Spain
Address
Subida A Radiofaro, 50
Vigo (Pontevedra)
UNIVERSITY OF COPENHAGEN
Denmark
Address
Oster Farimagsgade 2 D
Kobenhavn