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Biosensors for the monitoring of harmful algal blooms
McPartlin, D. A.; Loftus, J. H.; Crawley, A. S.; Silke, J.; Murphy, C. S.; O’Kennedy, R. J.
Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are a major global concern due to their propensity to cause environmental damage, healthcare issues and economic losses. In particular, the presence of toxic phytoplankton is a cause for concern. Current HAB monitoring programs often involve laborious laboratory-based analysis at a high cost and with long turnaround times. The latter also hampers the potential to develop accurate and reliable models that can predict HAB occurrence. However, a promising solution for this issue may be in the form of remotely deployed biosensors, which can rapidly and continuously measure algal and toxin levels at the point-of-need (PON), at a low cost. This review summarises the issues HABs present, how they are difficult to monitor and recently developed biosensors that may improve HAB-monitoring challenges.
Keyword(s): Harmful algal bloom; HAB; phytoplankton; biosensor; HAB-monitoring; Biotechnology
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Type: Other
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: Marine Institute
Citation(s): McPartlin, D. A., Loftus, J. H., Crawley, A. S., Silke, J., Murphy, C. S., & O’Kennedy, R. J. (2017). Biosensors for the monitoring of harmful algal blooms. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 45, 164–169.
Publisher(s): Elsevier
First Indexed: 2019-08-16 07:00:03 Last Updated: 2019-08-16 07:00:03