Evaluating Microbial Biosensors to Detect PCB Contamination and Degradation in a range of Water/Soil Environments and Conditions

Id:
4

Funder:
Environmental Protection Agency

Title:
Evaluating Microbial Biosensors to Detect PCB Contamination and Degradation in a range of Water/Soil Environments and Conditions

Coordinator:
Ryan David

Organisation:
Carlow Institute of Technology

Country:
IRELAND

SRIA Themes:
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Start Date:
01/02/2006

End Date:
01/01/2009

Summary:
Whole cell biosensors are engineered microbes which detect the presence or degradation of target pollutants. This project will evaluate previously constructed Pseudomonas based biosensors and a novel delivery system for the detection and biodegradation of polychlorinated biphenyls and chlorobenzoates. A range of environmental parameters including pH temperature time PCB concentration and depth in soil fresh and salt water and wetland environments are being examined to determine the effectiveness of biosensors in-situ. The analysis of the alginate beads in food samples will also be investigated.

Keywords:
Microbial biosensors; Environmental parameters; Soil; Wetlands