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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(12), 15400-15408; doi:10.3390/ijerph121214992

Scientific Symposium “Small Solution for Big Water-Related Problems: Innovative Microarrays and Small Sensors to Cope with Water Quality and Food Security”

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Environmental, Quality and Fishfarm Unit, Environment & Primary Prevention Department, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Viale Regina Elena 299, 00161 Rome, Italy
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Laboratory of Genetics, School of Biosciences and Veterinary Medicine, University of Camerino, 62032 Camerino, Italy
3
Elysium Projects Ltd., Stanton, Glyn Garth, LL59 5PE Anglesey, Wales, UK
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Paul B. Tchounwou
Received: 30 November 2015 / Accepted: 30 November 2015 / Published: 4 December 2015
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Abstract

This issue presents the conclusive results of two European Commission funded Projects, namely Universal Microarrays for the Evaluation of Fresh-water Quality Based on Detection of Pathogens and their Toxins (MicroAQUA) and Rationally Designed Aquatic Receptors (RADAR). These projects focused their activities on the quality of drinking water as an extremely important factor for public health of humans and animals. The MicroAQUA Project aimed at developing a universal microarray chip for the detection of various pathogens (cyanobacteria, bacteria, viruses and parasitic protozoa) and their toxins in waters. In addition, the project included the detection of select species of diatoms, which represent reliable bio-indicators to assess overall water quality. Large numbers of compounds are released into the environment; some of these are toxins such as endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) and can affect the endocrine, immune and nervous systems of a wide range of animals causing alterations such as reproductive disorders and cancer. Detection of these contaminants in water systems is important to protect sensitive environmental sites and reduce the risk of toxins entering the food chain. A modular platform for monitoring toxins in water and food production facilities, using biosensors derived from aquatic organisms, was the main goal of RADAR Project. View Full-Text
Keywords: water quality; emerging pathogens; public health; endocrine disrupting compounds; microchip technology water quality; emerging pathogens; public health; endocrine disrupting compounds; microchip technology
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Marcheggiani, S.; Spurio, R.; Cimarelli, L.; Tito, D.; Mancini, L. Scientific Symposium “Small Solution for Big Water-Related Problems: Innovative Microarrays and Small Sensors to Cope with Water Quality and Food Security”. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 15400-15408.

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