Summary of Awards to Date

The detection of food-borne toxins with multifunctional nanoparticles.

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Date

Sep. 1, 2005 - Oct. 31, 2008

Award Number

CALR-2005-02977

Funding Agency

USDA - CSREES

Amount Awarded

$415,000.00

Investigator

Ian Kennedy, Ph.D.
University of California, Davis

Summary

The addition of toxins such as botulinum toxin, ricin and abrin to foods is a potential tool in the arsenal of terrorists. A pressing need exists for faster and more sensitive methods of detecting these compounds in our food supply, without raising false alarms that may prove disruptive and costly to the food industry. Nanotechnology can help to satisfy this need. Special nanoparticles with magnetic and optical properties will be used as substrates to carry-out bioassays using antibodies for these toxins.