Université de Fribourg

Impact of industrial phosphate waste discharge on the marine environment in the Gulf of Gabes (Tunisia)

Kateb, Akram El ; Stalder, Claudio ; Rüggeberg, Andres ; Neururer, Christoph ; Spangenberg, Jorge E. ; Spezzaferri, Silvia

In: PLOS ONE, 2018, vol. 13, no. 5, p. e0197731

The marine environment in the Gulf of Gabes (southern Tunisia) is severely impacted by phosphate industries. Nowadays, three localities, Sfax, Skhira and Gabes produce phosphoric acid along the coasts of this Gulf and generate a large amount of phosphogypsum as a waste product. The Gabes phosphate industry is the major cause of pollution in the Gulf because most of the waste is directly...

Haute Ecole d'Ingénierie

Compact portable biosensor for arsenic detection in aqueous samples with Escherichia coli bioreporter cells

Truffer, Frederic ; Buffi, Nina ; Merulla, Davide ; Beggah, Siham ; van Lintel, Harald ; Renaud, Philippe ; van der Meer, Jan Roelof ; Geiser, Martial

In: Review of Scientific Instruments, 2014, vol. 85, no. 015120, p. 4

We present a compact portable biosensor to measure arsenic As(III) concentrations in water using Escherichia coli bioreporter cells. Escherichia coli expresses green fluorescent protein in a linearly dependent manner as a function of the arsenic concentration (between 0 and 100μg/L). The device accommodates a small polydimethylsiloxane microfluidic chip that holds the agarose-encapsulated...

Université de Fribourg

Discrimination of cheese products for authenticity control by infrared spectroscopy

Hruzikova, Jana ; Milde, David ; Krajancova, Pavla ; Ranc, Vaclav

In: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2012, vol. 60, no. 7, p. 1845–1849

Quality and authenticity control serve as the customers' and manufacturers' insurance, and thus the development of analytical tools providing these tasks represents an important step of each product development. The control of authenticity in food manufacturing is even more important due to the direct influence of its products on the health of the population. This study sought to develop an easy...