Marie Curie fellows reap the rewards of sustainable agriculture
Two researchers behind an intelligent nano-filtration system for measuring soil contamination and water quality took home the 2006 Nordic Innovation Award from Bayer CropScience, presented this week in Denmark.
In addition to analysing soil, their patented Sorbicell system can monitor nutrients and alien elements in drainage and surface water, as well as groundwater and wastewater. The new method has unique advantages compared to known methods, according to de Jonge.
“It is not necessary to carry out repeat analyses to establish the mean figure or the total amount over a period of time, as our method ensures a so-called flow-proportional measurement,” he explains. This saves on time and costs of analyses.
Motivated and innovated
Both de Jonge and Rothenberg are current members of the Marie Curie Fellowship Association. In fact, they first met in 2000 while attending the EU-hosted ‘Improving Human Potential' conference in Crete. This led to a lasting collaboration resulting in a new technology, world patent and the setting up of Sorbisense, a company which develops and markets new environmental monitoring equipment based on their award-winning research.
Gadi Rothenberg also received a Marie Curie Excellence Award in 2004 for his investigation of new catalysts using a combination of advanced computational and experimental methods. “Research offers new challenges every day and gives the opportunity to work with talented and enthusiastic people – there is no other occupation like it,” he commented in Headlines on that occasion.
The Sixth Framework Programme's ‘Human resources and mobility' scheme, with a budget of nearly €1.6 billion, largely funds training and mobility activities for researchers. These activities, known as the Marie Curie Actions, are aimed at developing and transferring European research competencies, consolidating and widening career prospects in research, and promoting excellence in the field.Bayer CropScience, Marie Curie website