Development and application of molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) in mycotoxin diagnostics

01 January 2009 → 31 December 2011
Regional and community funding: IWT/VLAIO
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Analytical chemistry
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Pharmaceutical analysis and quality assurance
mycotoxin diagnostics
Project description

Fumonisin is a mycotoxin occurs mainly in maize and derived products. The presence in food or feed constitute a risk to health. The present detection methods for fumonisin are based on immunoafiniteitskolommen (cost price> 10 euros) and carriers of high specificity antibodies. These analyzes are characterized by a high cost price (> 130 euros / analysis), long development time, single use and high analysis time. In addition, the production of antibodies, is time-consuming and expensive. This project is aimed at developing a rapid test (<30 min.), Wherein the fumonisin using molecularly imprinted polymers (as an alternative to antibody technology), and solid phase extraction from the maize (products) is extracted. Is then linked to this, a semi-quantitative assay based on fluorescence detection.