A complete range of online toxicity monitoring instruments using living organisms - daphnia, algae and fish to detect toxins in real time.
Applications for river and dam monitoring, drinking water surveillance and protection.
DaphTox II - Biomonitoring using Daphnia
Sensitive detection of toxic substances in water via computer-assisted digital image analysis
The bbe DaphTox II observes daphnids, commonly known as "water fleas", under the influence of constantly running sample water. Based on the Extended Dynamic Daphnia Test, bbe developed a new sensitive method to detect hazardous compounds in water from rivers (source-water protection), plants, distribution systems and production drains to preserve human health and to monitor water.
Sensitivity data are available here.
Sample water (0.5 - 2 l/h) continuously runs through the measuring chamber containing the daphnia. The live images obtained using a CCD-camera are evaluated online with an integrated PC to analyse changes in the behaviour of the daphnia. If the change is statistically significant, an alarm is triggered. The method of image analysis enables a series of measurement methods and plausibility tests to assess the daphnia's behaviour using different criteria.
Measurement using digital image analysis
Measurement parameters of the daphnia
Observation of Speed Parameters :
• average speed
• speed distribution
• distance between daphnia
Observation of behaviour :
• swimming height
• fractal dimension: measurements
• for turns and circling movements, curviness
Observation of growth :
• determination of daphnia size
Surface water applications
• dam monitoring
• waterway analysis and assessment
• general environmental monitoring
Drinking water applications
• intake assessment
• drinking water supply
• risk analysis
• limnological work
• research and education