Project RedPol focuses on the issue of endocrine disruptors. These are chemicals that can interfere with endocrine (or hormonal) systems and can cause cancerous tumours, birth defects, and other developmental disorders in human beings. This also has impact on the wider environment, leading to reproductive, development and behavioural problems in wildlife population and flora which can generate an unbalance in production and environmental health.
The partnership aims to deliver 6 innovative products which will help to address this issue. Behavioural, bio-mechanical and biomolecular tests will be developed to enable the identification of endocrine disrupter compounds (EDCs) in the environment and facilitate their elimination at source. At least 2 of these will be developed into two innovative products for the biotechnology market.
The project will also map the endocrine effects on wildlife population over the FCE eligible area, applying the tests it has developed to analyse endocrine disruption on at least 30 sites on both sides of the Channel.
RedPol has a total budget of €2.84m of which just under €2m is funded from the European Regional Development Fund via the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme.
The project will run for 3 years and will allow networking and collaborative work between research institutions, industrial actors and territorial associations while implementing European regulations to protect people’s health, the environment and economic activities in the European area.
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