Document Type

Patent

Publication Date

4-20-2010

Abstract

Methods are disclosed for the capture, detection, separation, isolation and quantification of contaminants in a starting material. Also disclosed are competitive assay methods for the detection and quantification of contaminants in a starting material and kits for use with the method. A system for capturing, separating and/or concentrating contaminants from a material is also presented. The system captures, separates and/or concentrates contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, other microorganisms, and/or larger items, such as insects, from a variety of materials, such as food, and environmental and clinical materials. In general, the system uses a rotating magnetic field to mix the material with magnetic particles to capture the target contaminants, and a fixed magnetic field to separate and concentrate the captured target contaminants.

Department

Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Patent Number

US7699979

Application Number

US20070114181

Application Published

5-24-2007

Application Filed

1-9-2006

Assignee

Board of Trustees of the University of Arkansas (Little Rock, AR)

Comments

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH The invention was made with United States government support under Grant Number USDA/CSREES 99-34211-7563 awarded by the United States Department of Agriculture. The United States government has certain rights in this invention.

Yanbin Li, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

Madhukar Varshney, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

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