Mysore, Apr 22 UNI | 3 months ago

Mr Rajiv Ranjan, a Junior research fellow at the Mysore based CSIR-Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI), Mysore, has bagged this year's Gandhian Young Technological Innovations Award.

According to a CFTRI press release issued here today,Mr Rajan was awarded for designing bioluminescence based simple tool for detection of hazardous materials and sanitary condition at rural level. The award is instituted by SRISTI (The Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions).

Mr Ranjan received the award from eminent scientist Padma Vibhushan Dr.R A Mashelkar at a function held in Ahmedabad.

Using Mr Ranjan's invention, presence of very low levels of pollutants like mercury, cadmium, arsenic and 2-4 dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (a remnant of pesticides) can be detected.

Within half an hour, the device can show the presence of upto 2 ppm of mercury, 4 ppm of arsenic, 16 ppm of cadmium and 100 ppm of 2-4 dichlorophenoxyacetic acid. Besides, it can also detect presence of 100 CFU (colony forming units) per ml of bacteria in samples of food, milk and fruitjuice.

The device has been designed using a marine luminescent bacterium and luciferin extracted from a new kind of firefly, the release added.

(Posted on 22-04-2014)