Knowledge transfer initiative between molecular biologists and environmental researchers and regulators

Ruth Blunt, KA Walsh, DK Ashton, Mark Viant, James Chipman

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A Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) funded Knowledge Transfer (KT) workshop was held in the United Kingdom (UK) to identify the needs and opportunities in the application of molecular biology and 'omics' techniques to environmental monitoring and risk assessment. Attendees highlighted a lack of effective communication between end-users and researchers as well as difficulties with data interpretation as reasons behind the slow uptake of molecular biology and omics techniques. A number of promising areas in which new techniques could be implemented at a practical level in the very near future were identified, thereby raising the profile of these recent technologies and providing vital proof of concept work. Molecular taxonomy, bacterial source tracking and pre-screening of chemicals for potential toxicities were all viewed as areas in which omics and molecular techniques could have immediate value, with the aim of reducing cost, increasing efficiency and providing more comprehensive data of improved quality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-296
Number of pages4
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Issue number5
Early online date24 Jul 2007
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2007


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