STTR Phase II: Plant Bioreporters for Arsenic

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0548751
Agency Tracking Number: 0419742
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: BT
Solicitation Number: NSF 03-535
Small Business Information
3810 Concorde Parkway, Chantilly, VA, 20151
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Mark Elless
 (703) 961-8700
Business Contact
 Mark Elless
Title: Dr
Phone: (703) 961-8700
Research Institution
 Univ of TN Knoxville
 Charles N Steward
 1 Circle Park
Knoxville, TN, 37996
 (865) 974-6487
 Nonprofit college or university
This Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase II project will develop plant bioreporters for arsenic which is widely dispersed in the environment. Detecting and monitoring arsenic in soil and water, particularly in large or remote areas, is often cost-prohibitive due to the expense of sample collection and analysis. This research will lead to an innovative, cost-effective, real-time system to monitor water and soil quality offering high spatial resolution, stand-off reporting, ready scaling to large treatment areas, and continuous in place reporting of bioavailable arsenic. Applications for this technology include detection and investigation of arsenic contamination and risk assessment during remedial activities at contaminated sites. The broader impact of this technology will be to enable more extensive use of in place environmental cleanup methods such as phytoremediation, assist efforts to monitor and clean the environment, and reduce environmental health hazards posed by arsenic. Improving the ability to accurately assess arsenic contamination will improve awareness of contaminated areas and make affordable arsenic monitoring by homeowners, farmers, and industry. Of particular usefulness would be the ability of farmers and gardeners to detect the potential bioavailability of arsenic to food crops as a result of arsenic in biosolids and pesticides.

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