Not only can an electronic tongue monitor the prevalence and growth of microorganisms, it can also sense the difference between various forms of fungi and bacteria. This is shown in a dissertation by Charlotte Söderström submitted at Linköping University. An objective of the project as a whole is to be able to make use of an electronic tongue in the future to monitor whether foodstuffs are fit for human consumption.
Today’s monitoring methods involve taking samples from production and analyzing them in a laboratory. But it can take several days to cultivate mold and bacteria. This can even mean that this food will have reached consumers before the results are available. If an analysis uncovers a problem, it can be difficult to determine exactly what packages need to be pulled. The electronic tongue, on the other hand, can be mounted directly in a production facility, where it can continuously monitor production. It can even withstand the strong detergents used to clean machines.
The instrument consists of four metal electrodes that are inserted into a sample and then charged with electric voltage. The current that arises varies in strength between different samples depending on the content of electro-active substances. Microorganisms alter the content of such substances in the sample, which is registered by the electronic tongue. The metering provides large quantities of data, and, with the aid of special statistical methods, relevant information can be gleaned.
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