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Research Project: Improved Analytical Technologies for Detection of Foodborne Toxins and Their Metabolites

Location: Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology Research

Title: Biomimetic agro-based materials for food safety

item Appell, Michael
item Jackson, Michael - Mike
item Evans, Kervin
item Compton, David - Dave
item BOSMA, WAYNE - Bradley University

Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 8/29/2019
Publication Date: 8/29/2019
Citation: Appell, M., Jackson, M.A., Evans, K.O., Compton, D.L., Bosma, W.B. 2019. Biomimetic agro-based materials for food safety [abstract].

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Food contamination by toxins poses serious health risks and is a costly issue that reduces commodity values as well as consumer confidence. Exposure to regulated toxins is evaluated through popular detection methods. More efficient, economical, and reliable diagnostic tools will enable broader sampling and better understanding of exposure. The incorporation of rationally designed synthetic materials into methods of detection offers a means to overcome the limitations of traditional methods and improve robustness in analyses through the inclusion of functional groups that do not existing in commonly used biomaterials, such as proteins. Biomimetic synthetic receptor materials have been developed for selective recognition of the mycotoxins citrinin, patulin, fusaric acid, zearalenone, and ochratoxin A under aqueous conditions. The biomimetic materials were successfully applied in sample clean-up to determine toxin levels in beverages and corn using liquid chromatography-based detection methods.