Biosensors: The future of agro-defense?

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A biosensor uses biological and chemical components to detect the presence of target substances, such as bacteria or toxins. A biosensor generally has three components, a bioreceptor, a biotransducer, and an electronic device, such as a laptop computer, that displays the signal. Biosensors can miniaturize and combine all the steps, including sampling, analyzing, and measuring, into a single, portable device that can be used anywhere. Biosensors can also be combined with mobile devices, such as smartphones, for remote monitoring. These systems can alert the producer immediately if an animal becomes infected, allowing it to be culled from the herd before it infects other animals. Early detection can also prevent the death of an infected animal. Biosensors will allow the agriculture industry to stay a step ahead of disease outbreaks. Reducing the time needed for test results will create an early warning system for infectious diseases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-13
JournalResource: Engineering & Technology of a Sustainable World
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2020


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