The rapid and effective detection of microbial contaminants is key to the quality control of products in various industries such as pharmacology, cosmetology, or food-related industries. This allows for rapid release of stocks, guarantees a safe shipment of products, and the possibility to recall contaminated batches before their effective delivery to customers. Modern detection techniques for microbial contaminants usually target ubiquitous biomolecules found in all microorganisms.
Today, there are several alternative methods to reveal microbial contaminations. However, they have certain limitations :
In view of the severe limitations described above, the development of alternative tools holds great promise for applications where the detection of microorganisms is paramount: in the food industry, in cosmetology, and in pharmacology.