Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 400, Issue 4, pp 895–913

Whole-cell aquatic biosensors


DOI: 10.1007/s00216-010-4084-y

Cite this article as:
Eltzov, E. & Marks, R.S. Anal Bioanal Chem (2011) 400: 895. doi:10.1007/s00216-010-4084-y


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.


Whole cell Aquatic biosensors Toxicity 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Unit of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering ScienceBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael
  2. 2.National Institute for Biotechnology in the NegevBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael
  3. 3.Department of Biotechnology Engineering, Faculty of Engineering Science, Ben-GurionUniversity of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael
  4. 4.The Ilse Katz Center for Meso and Nanoscale Science and TechnologyBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael

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