Trends and Perspectives in Immunosensors for Determination of Currently-Used Pesticides: The Case of Glyphosate, Organophosphates, and Neonicotinoids

Biosensors (Basel). 2019 Feb 4;9(1):20. doi: 10.3390/bios9010020.


Pesticides, due to their intensive use and their peculiar chemical features, can persist in the environment and enter the trophic chain, thus representing an environmental risk for the ecosystems and human health. Although there are several robust and reliable standard analytical techniques for their monitoring, the high frequency of contamination caused by pesticides requires methods for massive monitoring campaigns that are capable of rapidly detecting these compounds in many samples of different origin. Immunosensors represent a potential tool for simple, rapid, and sensitive monitoring of pesticides. Antibodies coupled to electrochemical or optical transducers have resulted in effective detection devices. In this review, the new trends in immunosensor development and the application of immunosensors for the detection of pesticides of environmental concern-such as glyphosate, organophosphates, and neonicotinoids-are described.

Keywords: carbamates; glyphosate; immunosensor; neonicotinoids; organophosphates; pesticides.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies / chemistry*
  • Biosensing Techniques / trends*
  • Glycine / analogs & derivatives*
  • Glycine / analysis
  • Neonicotinoids / analysis*
  • Organophosphates / analysis*
  • Pesticides / analysis*


  • Antibodies
  • Neonicotinoids
  • Organophosphates
  • Pesticides
  • glyphosate
  • Glycine