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Synthetic Biology Derived Electroactive Whole Cell Microbial Biosensors LP140100459

Funding: 2015: $125,069
2016: $165,000

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)

Start year: 2015

Summary: The aim of this project is to develop, using synthetic biology, electrically integrated microbial biosensors for the detection of heavy metals in the environment. Building on our existing technology, this project will produce novel `biobricks┬┐ capable of electrically integrating electric microbes into real time environmental monitors for heavy metal contaminants. This expansion of synthetic biology, and integration of electric bacteria into sensor systems, will result in a new platform technology that expands our abilities to protect the ecology, agriculture and health of terrestrial, marine and agricultural at risk areas from economic and environmental damage.


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Keywords: synthetic biology; biosensor; electricigen

FOR Codes: Environmental Biotechnology Diagnostics (incl. Biosensors), Microbial Ecology, Sustainability Indicators, Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified, Other environmental management not elsewhere classified