Investigations to detect or exclude the presence of potential biothreat agents or other dangerous pathogens often have to be carried out in places other than stationary laboratory settings. This calls for detection techniques that are suitable for use in the field and that deliver sufficiently reliable test results even under basic environmental conditions, e.g. on missions abroad.
Developing and validating such methods is therefore a cross-sectional task for the various divisions at the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology. A wide range of methodological approaches is used for this purpose. They include testing of new commercially available devices and reagents, developing new methods for rapid detection, and cooperative approaches in the development of innovative automated detection systems.