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Sunday, May 02, 2010

Robot boat in search of toxic bacteria at Lake Zurich


Image: ETHZ
Reseachers from the Zurich Limnological Station at the University of Zurich, and from the Autonomous Systems Lab at ETH Zurich will run a 3 years multi-disciplinary project to provide unprecedented spatial and temporal coverage of key limnological parameters of Lake Zurich for a better understanding of the mass occurrence and population dynamics of the toxic cyanobacterium P. rubescens. The team will develop a Autonomous Boat equipped with a variety of sensors (temperature, pH, light, oxygen, nutrients, and algal pigments) to allow for the high-frequency monitoring of cyanobacterial spatiotemporal distribution. In parallel, the researchers will develop and apply methods to rapidly assess the contribution of toxic strains to the P. rubescens population.
The project is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation.

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