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Insect Antenna-Based Biosensors for In Situ Detection of Volatiles

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Schott, Matthias ; Wehrenfennig, Christoph ; Gasch, Tina ; Vilcinskas, Andreas:
Insect Antenna-Based Biosensors for In Situ Detection of Volatiles.
In: Yellow Biotechnology II. - Berlin ; Heidelberg : Springer , 2013 . - pp. 101-122 . - (Advances in Biochemical Engineering/Biotechnology ; 136 )
ISBN 978-3-642-39901-5
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/10_2013_210

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Insect antennae are among the most sensitive and selective chemical-sensing organs in the animal kingdom. Insects can perceive picograms of specific volatile organic compounds per cubic meter of air in milliseconds, which is far below the detection thresholds of current analytical devices. These exceptional sensing abilities have many uses in the context of insect biotechnology. Living specimens or parts of them, such as isolated antennae or individual proteins, can serve as biosensors in the field. As volatiles occur in a crude mixture in the environment, knowing which trigger-volatiles are crucial for the insects’ perception of specific incidents is of great value. This knowledge promotes the development of selective sensors for applications, such as fire detection. In this chapter, we discuss the different technical procedures for the preparation and use of insect-based biosensors for the detection of organic volatiles, including those based on insect behavior, insect olfactory proteins, and biomimetic sensing units. We also consider the use of these applications in portable devices outside the laboratory under field conditions.

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Item Type: Article in a book
Refereed: Yes
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Biology, Chemistry and Earth Sciences > Department of Biology > Chair Animal Ecology I > Chair Animal Ecology I - Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Laforsch
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 500 Science > 570 Life sciences, biology
500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2020 08:18
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2020 08:18
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/54934