Biosensors for Sustainable Food - New Opportunities and Technical Challenges - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444635792, 9780444635808

Biosensors for Sustainable Food - New Opportunities and Technical Challenges, Volume 74

1st Edition

Series Volume Editors: Viviana Scognamiglio Giuseppina Rea Fabiana Arduini Giuseppe Palleschi
eBook ISBN: 9780444635808
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444635792
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st September 2016
Page Count: 450
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Table of Contents

  • Advisory Board
  • Contributors to Volume 74
  • Series Editor's Preface
  • Preface
  • Section I: Biosensors for Food Safety, Quality and Security
    • Chapter 1. Biosensor Potential in Pesticide Monitoring
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Foods: Sampling and Pretreatment
      • 3. Sensing of Pesticides for Food Safety
      • 4. Conclusions and Future Perspectives
    • Chapter 2. Trends on Biosensing Systems for Heavy Metal Detection
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Industrial Uses of Heavy Metals
      • 3. Release of Heavy Metals in the Environment and Exposure to Humans
      • 4. Toxicity Mechanisms and Harmful Effects of Heavy Metals to Living Beings
      • 5. Heavy Metal Ion Detection by Conventional Methods
      • 6. Why Biosensor Is Considered as a Promising Tool to Detect Heavy Metal Ions Over Conventional Methods
      • 7. Different Strategies for Broad Range and Specific Heavy Metal Ion Biosensors
      • 8. Conclusion and Scope
      • 9. Future Perspectives
    • Chapter 3. Sensing of Biological Contaminants: Pathogens and Toxins
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Common Biosensors and Bioreceptors
      • 3. Conclusions and Future Perspectives
    • Chapter 4. Biosensor-Based Technologies for the Detection of Pathogens and Toxins
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Biosensors
      • 3. Biosensor-Based Detection Methods for Food Contaminant Toxins
      • 4. Biosensor-Based Detection Methods for Marine Toxins
      • 5. Biosensor-Based Detection Methods for Microorganisms and Pathogens
      • 6. Challenges Associated With Biosensors
      • 7. Future Directions
    • Chapter 5. Biosensor to Ensure Food Security and Environmental Control
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Biosensors for Food Additives and Quality Control
      • 3. Toxicity Biosensors
      • 4. Genotoxicity Biosensors
      • 5. Conclusion
  • Section II: New Generations of Synthetic Receptors and Functional Materials for Food Biosensors
    • Chapter 6. Aptamers as Synthetic Receptors for Food Quality and Safety Control
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Selection of Aptamers
      • 3. Aptamer-Based Assays: Design Strategies
      • 4. Applications in Food Analysis
      • 5. Concluding Remarks and Future Directions
  • Section III: New Technologies Improving Biosensor Efficacy
    • Chapter 7. Emerging Nanomaterials for Analytical Detection
      • 1. Analytical Chemistry Role in Food Analysis
      • 2. Biosensing Technologies
      • 3. Conventional Analytical Techniques
      • 4. Conclusions and Perspectives
    • Chapter 8. Biocompatible Integration of Electronics Into Food Sensors
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Bioelectronics
      • 3. Sensors and Biosensors for Food Industry
      • 4. Materials
    • Chapter 9. Food Microfluidics Biosensors
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Microfluidic Analytical Systems: Components and Operations
      • 3. Microfluidic Biosensing for Food Analysis
      • 4. Conclusions and Future Trends
  • Section IV: Biosensor Trade in Agrifood Sector
    • Chapter 10. Commercially Available (Bio)sensors in the Agrifood Sector
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Commercial Biosensors in the Agrifood Sector
      • 3. Conclusions and Future Perspectives
  • Section V: New Revolutionary Frontiers in Biosensor Technology
    • Chapter 11. Laser Scanning Approaches for Crop Monitoring
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Laser Scanning Basics
      • 3. Applications of Laser Scanning for Crop Monitoring
      • 4. Multispectral Laser Scanning
      • 5. Discussion
      • 6. Conclusion and Outlook
    • Chapter 12. Robotic-Based Agriculture for Rural Renaissance: Drones and Biosensors
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Application of Biosensors in Agriculture, Health and Food Preservation
      • 3. Conclusion and Future Perspectives
    • Chapter 13. Intelligent Food Packaging
      • 1. Introduction
      • 2. Intelligent Packaging Examples
      • 3. Intelligent Packaging Including Sensor Mechanisms
      • 4. The Benefits and Limitations of Intelligent Packaging Technology
      • 5. Conclusion
    • Chapter 14. (Bio)Sensor Integration With ICT Tools for Supplying Chain Management and Traceability in Agriculture
      • 1. New Challenges in Agriculture
      • 2. Information and Communication Technology Tools Meeting the Needs of Agriculture
      • 3. Sensors and Wireless Sensor Networks
      • 4. Sensors Technology Applications in Agriculture
      • 5. Challenges for the Future: Transitioning to the Sustainable Food Systems and the Information and Communication Technology
  • Index


Biosensors for Sustainable Food - New Opportunities and Technical Challenges addresses the challenges associated with sustaining the globally increasing demand for food that has been forecast for the next centuries and the immediate need for the food production system to adopt sustainable practices to protect the environment and human health. It provides a comprehensive overview of established, cutting-edge, and future trends in biosensor technology and its application in the agrifood sector. In particular, different biosensing advances are covered, outlining the newest research efforts in the cross-disciplines of chemistry, biology, and materials science with biosensing research, in order to develop novel detection principles, sensing mechanisms, and device engineering methods.

Food production and consumption have a strong impact on the environment in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, water, and soil contamination, the reduction of arable land, water consumption, and many other factors, which in turn, negatively affect human health. These issues have consequences for economic development, too.

To address these challenges, it is necessary for scientists with different expertise, policymakers, and economists work together to develop new smart technologies and introduce them to the market, along with adequate regulations. In this regard, a sustainable food production system can be thought of as a chain of procedures with a low impact on the environment that guarantees a secured supply of healthier and fortified food while supporting economic growth.

Key Features

  • Presents an interdisciplinary approach to biosensor technology
  • Profiles recent advances in synthetic biology, new material design (biohybrids), nanotechnology, micro/nanofluidics, and information technology
  • Aims to facilitate the transfer of agrifood biosensor technology from the laboratory to the market


Engineers, biologists, physicists, researchers, food technologists and other professionals working on agrifood-related topics.


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About the Series Volume Editors

Viviana Scognamiglio Series Volume Editor

Viviana Scognamiglio, a Molecular Biologist with a PhD in Industrial Biotechnology, is researcher at the National Research Council (CNR) in Rome, Italy. She has worked in research institutions and R&D companies, cooperating in several national and international projects dedicated to the development of biosensors for agrifood, environmental and biomedical application. She has experience in biochemistry and biophysics for the structural and functional characterisation of natural and synthetic biological entities for biosensing application, as well as for binding studies and interaction dynamics of macromolecules. She collaborated within Italian / European founded programmes such as Sensbyosin (FP7), Multibioplat (Eurotransbio), Multitask, BEEP-C-EN, Microbiosis, COST Action PHOTOTECH. She is author of 26 articles published in international scientific journals in the "peer reviewed", 4 book chapters, 15 oral presentations and 50 abstracts at national and international conferences.

Affiliations and Expertise

National Research Council (CNR) Rome, Italy

Giuseppina Rea Series Volume Editor

Giuseppina Rea, PhD in Biology, is researcher at the National Research Council (CNR) in Rome, Italy, and has experience in plant molecular biology, biochemistry, biotechnology and protein engineering applied to fundamental research and technological transfer. She leads the CNR institutional project AG.P01.011 Biotechnological applications of oxygenic photosynthetic organisms in the agro-food field: nutraceutics, biosensors and space biochips. She has scientific responsibility forf European / Italian founded programmes such as SENSBYOSIN (FP7), MULTIBIOPLAT (EUROTRANSBIO), BIOKIS-PHOTOEVOLUTION (ESA-ASI-NATO), COST Action PHOTOTECH: Photosynthetic proteins for biotechnological applications: biosensors and biochips. She is Member of the Scientific Committee of the Italian Platform in Organic Farming, PTBio Italia.

Affiliations and Expertise

National Research Council (CNR) Rome, Italy

Fabiana Arduini Series Volume Editor

Fabiana Arduini, PhD in Chemistry, is researcher at University “Tor Vergata” in Rome, Italy. She is involved in the realisation of enzyme-based electrochemical biosensors, analytical methods based on enzyme inhibition, sensors based on different materials (glassy carbon, graphite, nanotubes, graphite inks) and mediators, and their application in clinical, agrifood and environmental fields. She is author of 38 articles published in international scientific journals in the "peer reviewed ", 7 book chapters, 3 Proceeding, 73 oral presentations or posters at conferences national and international. She collaborated within Italian / European founded programmes such as Leonardo RO/02/B/F/PP-141004, Biocop, EU Ocean 2013, ACQUA-SENSE (MI01_00223), Grape Health Wine (MI01_00308), APTAMERI BW (CIG 5411905D46).

Affiliations and Expertise

University “Tor Vergata” Rome, Italy

Giuseppe Palleschi Series Volume Editor

Giuseppe Palleschi, has been the Head of the Department of Chemical Science and Technology of the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” since 1994. In 2000 he obtained the Laurea Honoris Causa from the University of Bucharest for his activity in the area of chemical sensors for food and environmental control. Prof. Palleschi’s research over the last 25 years has focused on the development of chemical sensors as well as bio- and immunosensors for use in the areas of biomedicine, food and environmental analysis. He is the author of more than 200 papers in international scientific journals and has served as coordinator of EU research projects, such as FAIR n.CT96 PL1092, INTAS 00-273, INCO ERB IC98 0906, QLK1-CT-2001-01617, EU Ocean 2013; and as collaborator of EU research projects, such as FAIR n. CT96 PL1095, INCO ERB IC98 0119, INCO ERB IC96 0804, EVK4-CT2000-00028, HPRN-CT-2002-00186, SSA.6FP INCO-ct-2004-003356, IP 6FP FOOD-CT-2004-06988.

Affiliations and Expertise

University “Tor Vergata” Rome, Italy