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Rapid Safety Testing for Fruits and Vegetables

A research team at the Auburn University Detection and Food Safety Center developed a new, portable, and easy-to-use screening tool to test fresh fruits and vegetables for the presence of bacteria that cause foodborne illnesses. The team developed biosensors that are placed directly on the fresh fruits or vegetables. The eyelash-size biosensors are coated with antibodies and phages, which are viruses that target specific bacteria that vibrate when placed within an oscillating magnetic field.

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Farm Bill Priority Areas
Agriculture systems and technology;
Food Safety, Nutrition, and Health
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