I am very glad bio-luminescence is receiving its due in recent years as an astounding method developed by nature and honed by scientists to test for pollutants. This science has enormous potential for the water quality and security fields.
Edith Widder is the most high profile figure in the field having given two TED talks, and a recent video published today in the NYTimes Online.
I first came across the work of Edith Widder when I was searching for interesting TED talks, and came across “The Weird and Wonderful World of Bioluminescence”:
Her organization, ORCA, put out a video explaining how they are tracking pollution in Florida waterways on YouTube called, “Making Water Pollution Visable:”
Today, I was reading the NYTimes and found this under their Science section, “Edith Widder’s New Crusade”:
No less important, but less heard of, are Nirit and Shimon Ulitzur, who founded the CheckLight team under the Water Quality and Security Division of the Whitewater Group, whose use of bio luminescent bacteria, and a patented freeze drying and bio assay concept provides very rapid and highly sensitive detection of a wide range of acute toxic agents including: respiratory inhibitors, phosphorganic agents, chlorinated hydrocarbons, heavy metals, antibiotics, herbicides. pesticides, PCB’s, BTEX, arsenate, nitrite and more. A rapid field toxicity test, called CheckLight Field was just featured in Popular Science’s last issue: Best of What’s New 2011.
They have even developed a laboratory methodology to rapidly determine BOD and AOC.
To find more information on the CheckLight Product Line you can download datasheets from the Box.Net widget on the right hand tool bar on this blog or visit http://www.w-water.com
If you would like to speak to Nirit Ulitzur, please email me privately and I can arrange a conference call.