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Development and risk assessment of a field-based portable biosensor using genetically-modified bioluminescent bacteria

Objective

Genetically modified (GM) bioluminescent whole cell microbial biosensors offer great potential for the measurement of pollutants in contaminated land, surface and groundwaters; but cannot currently be used in the field due to the risk of GM release. The project will research various physical and biological strategies for containment of the GM bacteria within the biosensor instrument and conduct a lab- based risk assessment and field trials at various European sites. The project is led by a biosensor company and has workpackages for selection and engineering of strains, comparison of cell immobilisation techniques, development of prototypes, risk assessment and field trials, and project coordination and dissemination. The result will be prototype portable biosensors, which can be operated with a negligible and thus acceptable risk of GM release.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

CYBERSENSE BIOSYSTEMS LTD
Address
Centre For Ecology And Hydrology, Mansfield Road
OX1 3SR Oxford
United Kingdom

Participants (6)

COVITECMA SA
Spain
Address
C/ Augustin De Foxa, 25 1B
28036 Madrid
EUROFINS A/S
Denmark
Address
Agern Allé 11
2970 Hoersholm
GENIALAB BIOTECHNOLOGIE - PRODUKTE UND DIENSTLEISTUNGEN GMBH
Germany
Address
Bundesallee 50
Braunschweig
INTERGEO UMWELTTECHNOLOGIE UND ABFALLWIRTSCHAFT GMBH
Austria
Address
Robinigstrasse, 93
5020 Salzburg
NAPIER UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Colinton Road 219
EH14 1DJ Edinburgh
TECHNE AG
Germany
Address
Meinersdorfer Strasse, 47A
09387 Jahnsdorf