Utilizing insect behavior in chemical detection by a behavioral biosensor
Fernández-Grandon, G. Mandela, Girling, Robbie D. and Poppy, Guy M. (2011) Utilizing insect behavior in chemical detection by a behavioral biosensor. [in special issue: Proceedings of the Symposium “Biological interaction networks that promote biodiversity”] Journal of Plant Interactions, 6, (2), 109 - 112. (doi:10.1080/17429145.2010.544778 ).
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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.
|Keywords:||apis mellifera, behavioral ecology, multitrophic, olfactometry, parasitoid, volatile organic compounds|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QD Chemistry
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Q Science > QK Botany
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Biological Sciences
|Date Deposited:||11 Mar 2011 15:00|
|Last Modified:||02 Mar 2012 13:59|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
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