DOE Awards QBI a Phase I SBIR Award for Nutrient Sensing

The mission of the Biological and Environmental Research (BER) program is to support transformative science and scientific user facilities to achieve a predictive understanding of complex biological, earth, and environmental systems for energy and infrastructure security and resilience. Gaining a predictive understanding of biological processes will enable design and reengineering of microbes and plants for improved energy resilience and sustainability, including improved biofuels and bio-products, improved carbon storage capabilities, and controlled biological transformation of materials such as nutrients and contaminants in the environment.

QBI was awarded a DOE small business grant to develop a customizable biosensor platform that uses fluorescent microbial sensor strains to continuously monitor water for nutrient contaminants, including nitrate, nitrite, ammonium, and phosphorus.