Research Leader: Dr Graeme Allinson
Principal Research Scientist, DPI, environmental chemist (with expertise in pollution detection)
Contact Details: Future Farming Systems Research Division, DPI Queenscliff Centre, 2A Bellarine, Highway, Queenscliff 3225
Dr Allinson leads DPI Future Farming Systems Research Division agrochemicals research group a 5 year, ~$3.5 million program developing and validating new tools for water quality (pesticide, EDC) monitoring (such as LC-MS/MS methods for pesticdes in passive samplers; the yeast two hybrid assay for determination of hormonal activity of natural and wastewaters; ELISA for rapid screening for specific pesticides; calibrating passive samplers), and using current generation passive samplers, biological assays, ELISA, GC-MS/MS/MS, LC-MS/MS, and standard HPLC and GC chemical analytical methods to assess pesticide contamination in Victorian aquatic ecosystems.
Current projects with key CAPIM end users, e.g. Biosecurity Victoria Chemical Standards Branch (developing pesticide risk management strategies; new methods for polar pesticides such as 2,4-D); Melbourne Water (pesticide residue surveys; pesticide residue method development; EDC surveys); Goulburn Murray Water (use of passive samplers to assess trace metal contamination of water supplies); North Central CMA (assessing metal contamination of Upper Lodden and Campaspe rivers); Gippsland Water/West Gippsland CMA (pesticide residues, pilot surveys); Victorian Water Trust (hormones in treated sewage); dairy industry (Dr Allinson was manager of the ‘Closing the Loop’ project (2005-2007) and is currently working with Warrnambool Cheese & Butter Company on wastewater-related research); DHS (developing new chemical analytical methods for algal toxins); international partners (e.g. Japan’s National Institute for Environmental Studies) developing new methods for current, new and emerging organic micro-contaminants.
Emerging Micropollutants Program Objectives:
To establish, develop and validate (through cross-theme and inter-agency collaboration) new methods for detecting current and emerging organic micro-contaminants in Victoria’s waters (including natural water ways, recycled and other wastewaters)
- This component will first validate new methods for detecting hormonal activity in effluents and natural waters.
- The program then focuses on development and testing of new methods for assessment of herbicide and organic pollutant effects.
- Techniques for organic micropollutants will be field tested at some of the core sites being used in the freshwater identification program and at estuarine sites