EUROPE: The experimental phase of a device to detect the legionella pneumophila bacteria responsible for legionnaires disease is to begin under the coordination of Italian ac manufacturer Clivet.

Backed by over €4m of EC funding, Project POSEIDON (Plasmonic-Based Automated Lab-on-Chip Sensor for the Rapid in-Situ Detection of Legionella) aims to prevent the risk of contamination and to warn in real time about legionella bacteria proliferation. The device under development will provide for the automatic optical detection of the bacteria.

Although some difficulties related to the results obtained in the legionella detection sensor prototype tests are reported, Clivet says that the work is progressing. Three of Clivet’s ELFOFresh 70 air renewal and purification units are ready to start tests with harmless synthetic samples of the legionella bacteria in its laboratories. After this testing step, Clivet units will be transferred in an external laboratory for the tests with the real bacteria.

The three-year project is being coordinated by Clivet in a consortium of businesses from across Europe including Protolab (Italy), Catlab (Spain), Metrohm Applikon (Netherlands), and Uppsala University(Sweden).

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