EU Sixth Framework Programme, Priority 5, Food Quality and
Safety, Specific Targeted Research Project
The contamination of seafood with algal toxins can cause severe neuronal and
gastrointestinal disorders but also allergies in human. Sporadic outbreaks of
poisoning by ingestion of shellfish that has accumulated marine biotoxins have
become a world-wide problem. The economic consequences caused by the production
of marine biotoxins during algal blooms in the coastal regions are enormous.
In this project, fast, simple and cost-effective detection methods for marine
biotoxins in seafood as well as patient sera will be developed, based on the
application of high-affinity capture antibodies and novel artificial receptor
mimics against the toxins.