State Water Resources Research Institute Program

Project Id: 2010AL87B
Title: Development of an In-situ Capable Method for Detecting Pathogenic Bacteria in the Alabama Water Supplies
Project Type: Research
Start Date: 3/01/2010
End Date: 2/28/2010
Congressional District: Third
Focus Categories: Surface Water, Water Quality
Keywords: Pathogenic bacteria, nanoparticle, DNA, in-situ detection
Principal Investigator: Son, Ahjeong
Federal Funds: $ 25,000
Non-Federal Matching Funds: $ 51,131
Abstract: Water is the vital resource that fuels Alabama's growth in agriculture, industrial output and technology. Gifted with more than a million acres of lakes, 1600 miles of rivers and an average annual rainfall of more than 50 inches, Alabama is able to provide precious water for growing commodity crops such as cotton and soy beans, steel production, aerospace and biomedical technologies. It also provides valuable recreation in the form of pristine lakes and rivers in state parks. And of course, it is our source of drinking water. In other words, our water is such an indispensible resource that warrents no less than a state of the art technology to safeguard its integrity and to ensure its continual availablilty in a useable and safe form for future generations to come. The research in this proposal will push the technology envelope and develop a new rapid, accurate and yet robust technique that caters to the detection of specific pathogens in-situ. The principle behind this technique is intended to permit eventual development of an enabling field tool, which will safeguard Alabama's water resources.

Progress/Completion Report, 2010, PDF
Progress/Completion Report, 2011, PDF

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