Microfluidics for food, agriculture and biosystems industries

Suresh Neethirajan*, Isao Kobayashi, Mitsutoshi Nakajima, Dan Wu, Saravanan Nandagopal, Francis Lin

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Abstract

Microfluidics, a rapidly emerging enabling technology has the potential to revolutionize food, agriculture and biosystems industries. Examples of potential applications of microfluidics in food industry include nano-particle encapsulation of fish oil, monitoring pathogens and toxins in food and water supplies, micro-nano-filtration for improving food quality, detection of antibiotics in dairy food products, and generation of novel food structures. In addition, microfluidics enables applications in agriculture and animal sciences such as nutrients monitoring and plant cells sorting for improving crop quality and production, effective delivery of biopesticides, simplified in vitro fertilization for animal breeding, animal health monitoring, vaccination and therapeutics. Lastly, microfluidics provides new approaches for bioenergy research. This paper synthesizes information of selected microfluidics-based applications for food, agriculture and biosystems industries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1574-1586
Number of pages13
JournalLab on a Chip
Volume11
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7 May 2011
Externally publishedYes

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