Immunological assays have turned out to be powerful means to detect pesticides and other environmental contaminants including some of their metabolites at the low concentrations (sub-ug/L) actually found in groundwater. A compound like BAM can be detected even at a concentration of 0.02 ug/L. The project aims at developing the methods in order to cover more pesticides, to improve sensitivity and specificity, and to immobilize the immunological agents on a microchip so that a whole spectrum of pesticides can be detected rapidly and cheaply. The specific role of E&R is to verify the applicability of the methods for groundwater analysis and analysis of water from water supply systems. Furthermore E&R will use the immunological assays during studies of biodegradation processes in groundwater, water treatment plants, ans water distribution systems.
|Effective start/end date||01/11/1999 → 31/12/2004|