Whole-cell aquatic biosensors
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- Eltzov, E. & Marks, R.S. Anal Bioanal Chem (2011) 400: 895. doi:10.1007/s00216-010-4084-y
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The use of various whole-cell organisms as tools for monitoring water contaminants is reviewed and evaluated. Their suitability and value for assessing a range of environmental problems from the impact of pollution, homeland defense issues, conservation, and the long-term degradation and recovery of ecosystems is discussed. Guidelines are provided for the choice of appropriate bioreporter organisms, transducers, and immobilization methods. Examples of the use of a broad spectrum of whole-cell bioreporters in assessing a variety of environmental problems are summarized.