Microbial Biosensors for the Detection of Organic Pollutants

  • Benjamin Shemer
  • Shimshon BelkinEmail author
Living reference work entry


Over the last 30 years, numerous scientific publications have described the design, construction, testing, and characterization of diverse whole-cell bioreporter strains for the detection and quantification of organic pollutants. In this chapter we attempt to review these reports, providing the relevant information regarding the sensor strains’ construction principles and performance characteristics, with a special emphasis on the detection thresholds of either specific target compounds or classes of such chemicals.


Bioreporter Biosensor Organic pollutants Endocrine-disrupting compounds Explosives Pesticides BTEX Halogenated organics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Life SciencesThe Hebrew University of JerusalemJerusalemIsrael

Section editors and affiliations

  • Isao Karube
    • 1
  • Sylvia Daunert
  • Gérald Thouand
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Bioscience and BiotechnologyTokyo University of TechnologyTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Technological InstituteUniversity of Nantes, CNRS GEPEALa Roche sur YonFrance

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