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MicroAqua project (EU FP7, 2011–, µAQUA project)

µAQUA is the acronym for the EU research project "Universal microarrays for the evaluation of fresh-water quality based on detection of pathogens and their toxins" which has been funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission since 2011. Its overall goal is to develop efficient, sensitive, robust, rapid and inexpensive aquatic biosensors to monitor various aspects of water quality as part of the strategy for control and prevention of diseases caused by waterborne pathogens and algal toxins. µAQUA aims to design and develop a universal microarray chip for the high-throughput detection in water of known and emerging pathogens (bacteria, viruses, protozoa and cyanobacteria) and to assess the water quality by monitoring the presence of select bioindicators (diatoms). The present chip prototype allows for simultaneous testing of almost 50 organisms. These organisms include pathogens that are considered to be potentially most dangerous for human health and represent the standard pathogens whose presence is tested by all national water authorities in Europe. Additionally the chip can detect several diatom algal species that are known to react rapidly and sensitively to water quality changes and are used universally as biomarkers for water quality assessment. 12 partners from eight countries are committed to the project, with Claudio Gualerzi from the University of Camerino, Italy, being the coordinator of this ambitious enterprise. The original EU application was significantly driven by Linda Medlin from the Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls Sur Mer, a pioneer in using PCR for phylogenetic analysis. *

 

Period Start 2011-01-01 start
Products Industry water analysis DNA microarray (Scienion/µAQUA)
  Industry 2 water analysis services
     
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    * Document for �About Section�: Scienion AG. (9/6/13). "Press Release: MicroAcqua – a 12 Party Consortium Drives the Development of a Microarray for a Rapid, Inexpensive and Effienct Testing for Waterborne Pathogens". Dortmund & Berlin.
     
   
Record changed: 2017-04-01

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