The Trojan Horse – Section of Microbiology - University of Copenhagen

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The Trojan Horse

A new biotechnology for pesticide removal at drinking water sand filters

The vision of The Trojan Horse project is to create a comprehensive biotechnological solution to pesticide contamination of drinking water, exploring the metabolic capability of natural microbial communities existing in RSF's (Rapid Sand Filters), ensuring a stable supply of safe drinking water for future generations.

Background and aim
The pesticides in ground- and drinking water are an on-going problem in the majority of EU countries. Over the past three decades, unnatural toxic substances, namely pesticides, have appeared in groundwater as a direct result of intensive use of pesticides in the urban areas and agricultural practices. The aim of the project is to develop an environmentally friendly & sustainable biotechnology based on rapid sand filtration at waterworks, to deal with the increasing appearance of pesticides in groundwater. The novel technology will be based on natural harmless microorganisms in Rapid Sand Filters (RSF) which possess the natural pesticide degradading capability encoded by natural genes.

These hidden intracellular bacterial features will be transferred to-, and permanently established within native microbial RSF populations by novel biotechnology, giving this project the name "The Trojan Horse"

Section of Microbiology will mainly contribute with extensive knowledge and expertise on molecular microbiology - more specifically MGE's and the Molecular work in  characterization of the entire mobile genetic pool in chosen RSF's and isolated MGE(P)'s by cutting-edge Next generation Sequencing (NGS) analysis and bioinformatics.

Follow the link to read more about The Trojan Horse

Startdate: March 2016
End date: February 2020
Grant doner:
The Innovation Fund Denmark