Biosensors for the detection of antibiotics in poultry industry-A Review

Nawfal Adam Mungroo, Suresh Neethirajan*

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Antibiotic resistance is emerging as a potential threat in the next decades. This is a global phenomenon whereby globalization is acting as a catalyst. Presently, the most common techniques used for the detection of antibiotics are biosensors, ELISA and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry. Each of these techniques has its benefits as well as drawbacks. This review aims to evaluate different biosensing techniques and their working principles in order to accurately, quickly and practically detect antibiotics in chicken muscle and blood serum. The review is divided into three main sections, namely: a biosensors overview, a section on biosensor recognition and a section on biosensor transducing elements. The first segment provides a detailed overview on the different techniques available and their respective advantages and disadvantages. The second section consists of an evaluation of several analyte systems and their mechanisms. The last section of this review studies the working principles of biosensing transducing elements, focusing mainly on surface plasmon resonance (SPR) technology and its applications in industries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-493
Number of pages22
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Analytes
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Biosensors
  • Maximum residue limits (MRLs)
  • Surface plasmon resonance (SPR)


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