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Microfluidics for food, agriculture and biosystems industries

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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 vitrofertilization 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.

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The article was received on 23 Jul 2010, accepted on 01 Mar 2011 and first published on 24 Mar 2011


Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C0LC00230E
Citation: Lab Chip, 2011,11, 1574-1586
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    Microfluidics for food, agriculture and biosystems industries

    S. Neethirajan, I. Kobayashi, M. Nakajima, D. Wu, S. Nandagopal and F. Lin, Lab Chip, 2011, 11, 1574
    DOI: 10.1039/C0LC00230E

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