SNL researchers in Livermore, CA are leading an effort, to detect deadly toxins from habs. The project employs laser-induced fluorescence and other separation methods inherent in SNL Chemlab Device.
At SNL, a grant was awarded to develop a technology that can successfully detect deadly toxins from harmful algal blooms(habs). The dense patches or blooms that sometimes accumulate near the surface of the water can produce potent neurotoxins that are transferred through the food chain, accumulating in zooplantkton and shellfish, eventually harming or even killing marine mammals and humans that consume tainted shellfish. The research will focus on enhancing the early warning capability of detection and is expected to lay the ground work for the development of a reliable, cost-effective prototype to simultaneously analyze multiple hab toxins in phytoplankton and/or shellfish in the field. The goal is to develop small, lightweight devices that could be fielded by oceanographers and marine biologists as part of their regular monitoring systems.
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June 3, 2014
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