Activity: Talks and presentations › Conference presentations
To limit the spread of marine invasive species from ballast water discharges by ships, UV treatment is promoted by the regulation of the United Nation’s International Maritime Organization. Effect of the treatment is historically monitored by live staining microscopy methods. The main limitations of these methods are the period necessary before the lethal effect can be observed as well as the variability of the characteristics of the organisms. An alternative path is studied here to measure the direct impact of the UV radiation on DNA using FTIR Raman spectroscopy, rather than the late consequences. The early results indicate the necessity of developing streamlined preparation procedure and the ability to discriminated different species. The aims of this study are to allow a simplified control procedure, on location and with limited infrastructure required.