Centre d’innovació i Tecnologia BARCELONATECH

Presentation of the Coltox Kit

On 20th June, at a Symposium on the Detection of Contaminants organized by the Regional Government of Catalonia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries, Food, and the Natural Environment, a new device for detecting soil contaminants was presented that has been developed by the INNOTEX Center/CRIT. The COLTOX Kit is a simple, fast tool  that is easy to use and transport. It provides a preliminary evaluation of the environmental quality of soils that are thought to be contaminated or an evaluation of the effects of chemical products on soil organisms by analysing the response of springtails.

This system requires no maintenance or test organism culture and requires minimal manipulation of the test samples. The answer is obtained in 24 hours and is qualitatively comparable to ISO test response.

Applications include:

  •          Preliminary assessment of soil quality
  •          Fast sorting contaminated soils
  •          Obtaining the ecotoxicological profiles of chemicals.

The advantages over current models are:

  •          Easy and quick
  •          Quick response product effects on soil organisms
  •          Saving resources on more sophisticated testing

COLTOX Kit is patented and available for licensing.