“Responding to the demand of the aquaculture industries for a reliable and cost-effective real-time monitoring tool.”
EnviGuard will be used as an early warning system in aquaculture to assess the good environmental status of the sea in accordance with current European legislation including the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Directive 2010/75/EU regarding the Prevention and Control of Emissions Industrial Industries and the Water Framework Directive, whose environmental objectives must be met by 2015.
The biosensors to be developed in the project go beyond those currently used in terms of precision, reliability and simplicity of operation; Combining innovations in nanotechnology and molecular science, state-of-the-art sensors will be developed putting European researchers and innovative SMEs at the forefront of fast-growing markets.
The EnviGuard port will act as an interface connected to three biosensor modules and will take care of processes such as power supply to the sensors, sample preparation, data processing and subsequent transmission. To meet user requirements, the EnviGuard Port is presented with a modular structure adaptable to any specific need.
– Algae detection unit, sensitive to toxic microalgae species, mainly dinoflagellates, which can potentially form toxic algal blooms (HABs).
– Pathogen detection unit to locate and quantify specific particles of bacteria and viruses. It consists of a chip covered with aptameters and an optical detection unit.
– Chemical detection unit based on a new concept of sensitive biophotonic cells that use resonant nanopillars as transducers and monoclonal antibodies as selective bioreceptors to detect toxins and pollutants produced by human activity.