The potentiometric E-tongue system was employed for water toxicity estimation in terms of cyanobacterial microcystin toxins (MCs) detection. The data obtained from E-tongue were correlated to the MCs content detected by the standard chromatographic technique UHPLC-DAD (Ultra High Performance Liquid Chromatography with Diode Array Detector), as far as by the colorimetric enzymatic approach. The prediction of MCs released by toxic Microcystis aeruginosa strains was possible with Root Mean Squared Error of Validation (RMSEV) lower or very close to 1 mu g/L, the provisional guideline value of WHO for MCs content in potable waters. The application of E-tongue system opens up a new perspective offset for fast and inexpensive analysis in the field of environmental monitoring, offering also the possibility to distinguish toxin producing and non-toxic M. aeruginosa strains present in potable water. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Lvova, L., Goncalves, C. G., Petropoulos, K., Micheli, L., Volpe, G., Kirsanov, D., Legin, A., Viaggiu, E., Congestri, R., Guzzella, L., Pozzoni, F., Palleschi, G., Di Natale, C., & Paolesse, R. (2016). Electronic tongue for microcystin screening in waters. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 80. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bios.2016.01.050