Microbial Detectors of Explosives
Agency / Branch:
DOD / ARMY
The presence of residual explosive materials in areas previously used as ranges by the US military presents a significant safety and environmental health hazard. Current methods of detecting explosives in soils require extensive soil and/or water sampling and analysis using portable laboratories. These impose significant cost and time burdens during the site remediation process. In this Phase I program, Infoscitex Corporation (IST), Texas A&M University (TAMU), and the University of Rhode Island (URI) propose the development of a new microbial detector for explosives. This detector will contain microorganisms that react specifically with targeted energetic materials (EM) and reveal their presence via intensive fluorescence. Experimental efforts will focus on development of microorganisms, production of microbial sensors, and validation on a selected energetic material.
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Research Institution Information:
303 Bear Hill Road Waltham, MA 02451
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TEXAS A&M UNIV.
College Station, TX 77843
Nonprofit college or university