Pathogen detection tool for beach water monitoring (2015)


Bioproducts & Environment


Tecta-PDS (Pathogen Detection Systems), collaborated with Drs. Heinz-Bernhard Kraatz (University of Toronto) and R. Stephen Brown (Queen’s University) to develop a DNA biosensor for simple, low-cost, fast, on-site detection of bacteria in water samples. Culture-based techniques for water monitoring are time-consuming and expensive, which can lead to delayed results and decision making for users that manage water resources. The PBDF funding supported proof-of-concept experiments to assess the performance of the DNA biosensors with environmental samples.