Breakthrough artificial antigen can detect pesticide residue on plants with simple test.
Simplicity and speed seen as impetus for commercialization.
The conventional methods of detecting and analyzing pesticide residues on plants require sophisticated equipment and is time consuming. Not any longer, so say a group of scientists reporting in the American Journal of Agricultural and Biological Sciences. Expensive gas chromatographs or high-performance, liquid chromatography, found mostly in advanced laboratories, are being supplanted by in situ detection by immunoassay. This novel and promising analytical technique displays high specificity, sensitivity, simplicity and suitability for the analysis of a large number of plant samples in a short period of time, has exhibited potential usage in the detection of pesticide residues.
Research has shown that artificial antigens can be valuable approach in the detection of pesticide residues by directly/indirectly coupling hapten to an appropriated carrier macromolecule. This artificial antigen can induce plants to produce a hapten-specific reaction signifying the presence and level of pesticide.
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