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DETAL - Rapid and ultra-sensitive fluorescent test for the tracking of toxic algae in the marine environment

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-30778
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-12-2000
Duration: 36 months
Total cost: 1,645,183 EUR
EC Contribution: 1,030,000 EUR
Scientific Officer: Dominique LEVIEIL
Research topic: 5.1.2. Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

Abstract:
Harmful algal blooms have become an increasing problem in coastal waters all over the world. The objective of this proposal is to develop a new automated method for the detection of different harmful algal species. This methodology is a fluorescent-based technology for the rapid and sensitive detection of harmful algae, and has the potential to reduce to under three hours the time of a test. It is based on a combination of the ChemScan technology developed by a biotechnology company and the expertise of five European research institutes. The introduction of this technology in monitoring programmes will allow for a considerable increase in the number of sites and the frequency of sampling. The HAB data collected from these programmes will be invaluable for evaluating the impact of the environmental changes on the development of toxic algae.


Coordinator
Hervé MOREAU
Université Paris VI - Pierre et Marie Curie
Banyuls-sur-mer
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 4 68887373
Fax: +33 4 68887395
E-mail: h.moreau@arago.obs-banyuls.fr


Partners
  Linda MEDLIN
Foundation Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research
Bremerhaven
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 471 4831110
Fax: +49 471 4831149
E-mail: lmedlin@awi-bremerhaven.de
  Øjvind MOESTRUP
University of Copenhagen Faculty of Science
Copenhagen
DENMARK
Tel.: +45 35322290
Fax: +45 35322321
E-mail: moestrup@bot.ku.dk
  Jean-Louis DROCOURT
CHEMUNEX
Ivry-sur-Seine
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 1 49592000
Fax: +33 1 49592001
E-mail: jldrct@worldnet.fr
  Véronique SECHET
Institut Français de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la mer
Nantes
FRANCE
Tel.: +33 1 46582292
Fax: +33 1 46582248
E-mail: Veronique.Sechet@ifremer.fr
  Santiago FRAGA
Instituto Español de Oceanografía
Vigo
SPAIN
Tel.: +34 915974443
Fax: +34 915974770
E-mail: santiago.fraga@vi.ieo.es