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Title: Approaches to mycotoxin detection using biosensors

item Maragos, Chris

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/30/2015
Publication Date: 9/30/2015
Citation: Maragos, C.M. 2015. Approaches to mycotoxin detection using biosensors [abstract].

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The number of toxins of concern has continued to rise as emerging toxins have taken on new significance and as interest has increased in detecting metabolites of established toxins (including masked mycotoxins). Of course while the desire exists to monitor for more compounds, resources for such monitoring are limited, which has driven the development of progressively more sophisticated tools for their detection. Immunoassays are established, practical, tools used to monitor for natural toxins in commodities and foods worldwide. Immunoassays have a unique position in the analysis of small toxins, because the antibodies upon which they are based generally have excellent selectivity for the target toxin but may also have cross-reactivity to related toxins. Within the past 5 years the interest in multiplexing immunoassays, in the form of multiplexed biosensors, has driven the development of an astonishing number of analytical platforms. This presentation will focus on recent developments, benefits, and pitfalls of multiplexed biosensors for mycotoxin detection.