Rapid Detection of Aspergillus flavus Contamination in Peanut with Novel Delayed Luminescence Spectra


*To whom correspondence should be addressed: Laser Life Science Institute, South China Normal University, Guangzhou 510631, China, Fax: +86-20-85216052; e-mail: xingda@scnu.edu.cn


Employing a luminescence spectrometer the usefulness of light-induced delayed luminescence (DL) for the detection of aflatoxinB1 (AfB1) contamination in whole peanut was studied. Peanut was artificially contaminated with Aspergillus flavus (7.5 × 105conidia/mL) and incubated for 0–72 h. The DL and fluorescence spectra of contaminated peanut were obtained by a luminescence spectrometer. The correlation between the spectra and contamination levels was established. The DL and fluorescence intensity has a negative correlation with the AfB1 concentration. Our results suggested that the DL technique might be useful for the rapid and noninvasive evaluation of AfB1 contamination levels in whole peanut.