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Utilizing insect behavior in chemical detection by a behavioral biosensor

Fernández-Grandon, G. M., Girling, R. and Poppy, G. M. (2011) Utilizing insect behavior in chemical detection by a behavioral biosensor. Journal of Plant Interactions, 6 (2-3). pp. 109-112. ISSN 1742-9145

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/17429145.2010.544778


Traditionally, biosensors have been defined as consisting of two parts; a biological part, which is used to detect chemical or physical changes in the environment, and a corresponding electronic component, which tranduces the signal into an electronically readable format. Biosensors are used for detection of volatile compounds often at a level of sensitivity unattainable by traditional analytical techniques. Classical biosensors and traditional analytical techniques do not allow an ecological context to be imparted to the volatile compound/s under investigation. Therefore, we propose the use of behavioral biosensors, in which a whole organism is utilized for the analysis of chemical stimuli. In this case, the organism detects a chemical or physical change and demonstrates this detection through modifications of its behavior; it is the organism's behavior itself that defines the biosensor. In this review, we evaluate the use and future prospects of behavioral biosensors, with a particular focus on parasitic wasps.

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Life Sciences > School of Agriculture, Policy and Development > Department of Sustainable Land Management > Centre for Agri-environmental Research (CAER)
ID Code:39618
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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