Topical Collection "Biorecognition Assays for Mycotoxins"
Mycotoxins are toxic fungal metabolites that contaminate several crops worldwide and could represent a significant hazard to human and animal health. Maximum levels for the major mycotoxins have been established in several commodities worldwide. Therefore, a continuous monitoring of these natural contaminants in food and feed is essential to prevent the risk of exposure. Liquid chromatographic methods, coupled with ultraviolet, fluorescence, or mass spectrometry detectors are commonly used for the determination of a large number of mycotoxins. However they are expensive, time-consuming, and require sample clean-up and trained personnel. There is a growing need for rapid and high-throughput screening methods to be used in the food/feed chains and this is reflected in the continued growth of global markets for such assays. Screening methods, based on bio-sensing technologies, are fast, inexpensive, and require visual evaluation or simple instruments. Enzyme immunosorbent assays, lateral flow devices, strip tests, flow-through immunoassays, fluorescence polarization immunoassays based on antibodies, aptamers, peptides or bio-mimetic recognition elements, i.e., molecularly imprinted polymers, are some examples of biorecognition assays for mycotoxin detection. This Special Issue aims to highlight recent developments in this important field.
Dr. Michelangelo Pascale
Asso. Prof. Maria C. DeRosa
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