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Magnetometric Immunosensor for Multi-Pathogen Continuous Monitoring (ISTC #2129) Research Center for Molecular Diagnostics and Therapy, Moscow, and Institute of Physics, Moscow Medical Academy

Project Agreement Date: 08/01/05

Projected End Date: 07/31/2007

Budget: $496,906

Key Findings: This project developed a magnetometric immunosensor for detection of three pathogens and one toxin: B. anthracis, Y. pestis, F. tularensis and Clostridium botulinum toxin A. This detection system is portable and has increased sensitivity and speed over conventional detection techniques. The system has been field tested for environmental sampling.

Upgrade of the Security and Safety Systems to Protect Biological Material at the All-Russian Research Institute of Phytopathology (ISTC #2685) All-Russia Scientific Research Institute for Phytopathology (VNIIF), Russian Academy of Agricultural Sciences

Project Agreement Date: 09/01/04

Projected End Date: 06/30/13

Budget: $2,929,404.91

Key Findings: This project has made major contributions in providing a safer and more secure working environment for VNIIF scientists, researchers, and visitors, ensuring that phytopathogens and the specialists who work with them are properly protected, along with protection of the environment. The research aspect of this project has contributed to determinations of the pathogenic and toxic properties of collection strains of fungi responsible for barley and wheat Root Rot, Snow Mold, and Fusarium Head Blight, which could negatively impact Russia’s food and agriculture industries.

NOTE: Other DOD components such as DARPA, have also supported bioengagement. Information provided by DTRA and ISTC, February 2012.

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