Researchers develop system to detect biowarfare agents on navy ships

ed structures.

"BDRD used these three highly complementary approaches for detecting biowarfare agents to process more than 16,000 environmental samples collected from key points within Washington, D.C. during the anthrax outbreaks following September 11," Boehm said. Since then he and his colleagues also trained personnel from more than 30 Naval units to conduct confirmatory analyses.

The next step, Boehm said, is to develop a similar detection system for agriculture.

"The kind of system that we put in place for the Navy doesn't exist for training people to detect plant and animal pathogens," Boehm said.


Contact: Michael Boehm
Ohio State University

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