Fresh produce is increasingly associated with chemical and biological contaminants, such as pesticides and foodborne pathogens. Early and rapid detection of contaminants is an important step in ensuring food safety. Dr. Mengshi Lin of the University of Missouri is developing a system that will detect, separate, and extract foodborne contaminants by using a surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy platform. This system is based on hybrid nanocellulose films coupled with separation devices. It will help maintain the safety and sustainability of agriculture and food systems in a cost-effective and environmentally friendly manner.
NIFA supports the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.
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