News + Events

March 2015.
'Water man of India' Rajendra Singh bags top prize. See here.

Hormone-disrupting chemicals ‘cost billions’. See here.

February 2015.
RADAR presentations available from the Small Solutions for Big Water Related Problems Symposium, held in Rome in October 2014. See here.

Food manufacturers welcome BPA advice. Read more.

October 2014.
EU roadmap for endocrine disruptor regulation decision Read more.

September 2014.
Urine Trouble: What's in Our Water? A radio programme considering the fate of ingested pharmaceuticals in our waterways. Read more.

April 2014.
Small solutions for big water related problems, symposium to be held October 26-28th Rome.Read more.

Sarah Heub will be presenting at the 16th International symposium on advances in extraction technologies.

March 2014.
EFSA paves way for regulating endocrine disruptors in food Read more.

Parliament wants endocrine disruptors added to REACH priority list Read more.

Pressure grows on Commission to publish criteria on endocrine disruptors Read more.

January 2014.
WHO Global assessment of the state-of-the-science of endocrine disruptors view here

November 2013.
RADAR is holding its consortium meeting at the JRC, Ispra, Italy on 7-8th November

October 2013.
Pollution with plastic waste threatens lakes as well as oceans: Plastic is not confined to the oceans but poses a growing threat to lakes as well.

August 2013.
Chemical body burdens affect rich and poor, but not alike: It is not only people of low socioeconomic status that are affected by the accumulation of potentially harmful chemicals in the body.

Biosensors to make drinking water safer: A third of a million Europeans get ill every year from diseases caused by contaminated water.

July 2013.
Surface waters: 12 new controlled chemicals, three pharmaceuticals on watch list

June 2013.
Is that bacteria dead yet? Researchers at EPFL have built a matchbox-sized device that can test for the presence of bacteria in a couple of minutes, instead of up to several weeks.

May 2013.
Update: Relivant articles and conferences update.

April 2013.
Endocrine disrupting chemicals under fire: Common synthetic chemicals suspected of disrupting the hormone system could be responsible for serious health problems, WHO and UNEP report.

March 2013.
Chemicals linked to problems with otters' penis bones: Otters' reproductive organs may be affected by chemicals in our waterways, according to scientists.

February 2013.
Drug residues 'alter fish behaviour': A BBC Science and Environment report on the effects of drug residues on fish behaviour.

Update: Publication and Relevant article update.

January 2013.
Plastic is everywhere: A report on additives in plastics and their influences on the human body (in German).

December 2012.
Water wars: Also see this editorial from Nature.

Drug-pollution law all washed up: See Nature News article on EU initiative to clean up waterways.

November 2012.
Bad Reporting On Bad Science: An interesting piece commenting on the reporting in the media on two recent studies looking at the possible links between BisphenolA exposure and obesity and ovarian cancer.

September 2012.
Nachholbedarf: This short film (in German) discusses the experience in Germany of analysis of drinking water for microbial and chemical contamination and the surrounding legislation.

August 2012.
Low doses, big effects: Scientists seek 'fundamental changes' in testing, regulation of hormone-like chemicals.

Bisphenol A: EFSA launches full re-evaluation focussing on exposure and possible low dose effects.

April 2012.
Stéphane Follonier, the project coordinator, was chosen as the next Euresearch Success Story.

March 2012.
RADAR spring meeting at the Marine Biology Station in Piran, Slovenia.

January 2012.
The RADAR project enters its second year.

October 2011.
Second general meeting.

What is RADAR?

A 7-member consortium of SMEs and research associations developing a modular platform for monitoring toxins in water and food production facilities using biosensors derived from aquatic organisms (Rationally Designed Aquatic Receptors).



Why is monitoring needed?

Large numbers of compounds both natural and manmade are released into the environment; some of these are toxins such as endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs) and can affect the endocrine, immune and nervous systems of a wide range of animals causing many different types of problems including reproductive disorders and cancers. Detection of these contaminants in food or water is important to protect sensitive environmental sites and reduce the risk of toxins entering the food supply.



How can RADAR help?

Current detection methods are lab-based, requiring collection of samples for analysis and the analysis methods are relatively slow, often require expensive equipment and specialist technical expertise. RADAR aims to develop an instrument for remote, on-site monitoring, for spot testing or continual monitoring using relatively low-cost methods with little user expertise required and options for automated notification of results.


FP7- KBBE / Programme 'Cooperation', no. 265721

Research Theme: 'Food, agriculture and fisheries, and biotechnology'

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