An app to measure probiotics?

An app to measure probiotics?

Mexican scientists have developed a new technology that takes just half an hour to detect the amount of probiotics in different foods.

Are we one step closer to a smartphone app that can count the bugs in our bowl of yogurt?
Mexican scientists have built a nifty new microbiosensor that detects probiotics in food, reports With traditional methods, scientists must let a sample incubate for 24 hours before they can monitor any probiotic cell growth.
This device can do it in half an hour.
“We have built the microbiosensor as a pilot to evaluate its potential in biosensing bacteria; the device is based on the resonance advantage of a lever or beam (holder chip) of micron size, to evaluate small changes in mass of the order of nanograms (which is the approximate weight of a bacterium),” Jorge Perez Chanona, researcher at the National School of Biological Sciences at the National Polytechnic Institute, told
The researchers used the sensor to measure the growth of L. plantarum 299vm, a probiotic used in the development of fermented dairy products.
The global market for products teeming with helpful bugs is growing like a ripe petri dish of microbes. Sales of ingredients, supps and food featuring probiotics are expected to grow to $36.7 billion by 2018, with a five-year compound annual growth rate of 6.2 percent according to BCC Research. No doubt, a tool to measure them quickly will come in handy.

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