Marine and freshwater ecosystems continue to be threathened by large-scale pollution disasters. Such disasters are often caused by oil-related activities, but pollution nature, magnitude and site of occurrence all can be very different, with unpredictable outcome on the responses of individual organisms, the biodiversity and the functioning of the aquatic ecosystems. The FACEiT project proposes to develop rapid, cost-effective and reliable innovative measurement technologies to analyze and predict in situ population effects and ecosystems community diversity and functioning.
For this purpose, FACEiT will develop in-situ pollutant monitoring technologies with semi-continuously operated microbial reporter systems, will design and test rapid methods based on unicellular planktonic viability and cell integrity, on diversity and functional responses of the whole microbial community and on multibiomarkers in organisms at higher trophic levels. FACEiT will also develop a set of state-of-the art ex-situ sample incubation analysis methods, including a multianalyte microbial reporter platform and whole genomic tests based on pollutant-induced transcriptomic and proteomic responses in microorganisms, mammalian cell lines and fish eggs.
Innovative modeling approaches will focus on understanding and predicting pollutant fate in organisms, communities and the natural environment, which will be based on metabolic pathway prediction networks, physicochemical distribution processes and biota activities. All developed measurement technologies will be extensively validated on realistic samples from contaminated sites, and coherently tested in a pollution disaster scenario. Dissemination plans include various prototype developments up to market level implementation and two advanced courses for transferring FACEiT technologies and concepts to the end-user community.
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