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Immunoassays in Food and Agriculture.

IMMUNOASSAYS in FOOD and AGRICULTURE by a Paraf and G Peltre. 373 pages with index. Price: 58.00 [pounds]. (UK: Kluwer Academic Publishers)

Surprisingly, immunoassay came into being at the end of the last century, although it always seems like a new idea, perhaps because of the recent interest in this subject. In the beginning it was used to identify antibodies in the medical field. And there that knowledge stayed until about two decades ago. Since then the techniques learned in the field of medicine and veterinary science have been applied to the wider field of agriculture and the food industry. In the last few years more techniques have been developed, not only in the area of analysis and hygiene control for food products but also in the area of environmental control.

In view of the above, the authors have set out to broaden the reader's knowledge of the potential of the many techniques involved in immunochemistry that could be applied successfully to the food and allied industries. They include technologies like thermo-extrusion and preserves. the four parts of the text provide a critical appraisal of the many immunological techniques available and the deal and certain aspects of animal husbandry, plants, milk, meat and the environment. With such a wide scope to discuss, as the authors say, a choice has had to be made but nevertheless the text will be of interest to those involved with ELISA methods, to name but one idea.

The various chapters in Part 1 entitled Immunochemistry and immunoassays are headed: Antigens; Antibodies; Antibody production; Antigen-antibody reaction; and Immunoassays. Part 2 has been entitled Immunoassays in agriculture and its two chapters carry titles: Immunoassays for animal husbandry; and Immunoassays in plant production. Part 3 with its title Immunoassays in the agrofood industry has a further five sections entitled: Immunoassays in the agrofood industry; Other fermentative processes; Immunoassays for meat products; Thermo-extrusion and preserves; and Food storage. The final section carries the title Immunoassays and the environment and its two chapters are Water pollution; and Soil pollutants.

Because of the relative complexity of this subject, the authors have taken care to provide sufficient references to further reading.
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Date:Jan 1, 1992
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