Detection of genetically modified organism’s (GMO) in food products
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs), in which genes from other organisms are inserted into the target organism, have the potential to pose short- and long-term effects on the environment and human health. Crops that carry herbicide and pesticide resistant genes or genes that encode for quality traits can breed with native crops and plants harming the local environment and agriculture and make existing herbicides ineffective.
Foods and crops are being introduced into the market place without a proper check to see if they are contaminated with GM products. This may have detrimental effects on the environment, agriculture, and people of Palestine. In addition, many GM crops and foods could potentially cause health problems, such as allergies.
The BRC provides GMO detection services at which the center can provide detection tests for most of the common genes introduced into food products. Interested clients can provide BRC with samples of their food products that can be either seeds, plants, processed food products including animal and plant sources and receive results normally within two weeks.
Identification of animal species for processed meat products
Identification of animal species for processed meat products (cooked and canned foods) is very important in respect to economical, religious, or reasons concerning public health.
This service is set up in our laboratories; to provide high quality service for food industry sector and to develop the export of our processed meat.
The identification of different species was determined by PCR using species-specific primers for mitochondrial DNA.
This method is characterized by high efficiency and sensitivity even with very small amounts of fresh or cooked meat. Our multiplex PCR test is able to identify the following species: cattle, goat, sheep, chicken, turkey, pig and donkey
Fingerprinting of agricultural crops
At BRC, a service is provided to nurseries and agricultural companies to compare agricultural crops with genetic fingerprinting. The test is well established to depict the differences at the genetic level based on common molecular markers like ISSR and RAPD. Further sensitive markers are still under development like AFLP and SSR.
Gal image of RAPD reaction of four accessions of tomato showing variation in cultivar number 4.