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Rapid Point of Use Method to Identify Seafood Species
Profile last edited on: 1/28/2021

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Principal Investigator
Darla Hisaw
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Company Information

Lynntech Inc

2501 Earl Rudder Freeway South
College Station, TX 77845
   (979) 764-2200
Multiple Locations:   
Congressional District:   17
County:   Brazos

Phase I

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Species substitution with a product of lesser value has become an increasing problem within the seafood industry. Increased international trade, rising consumption rates, and high profit incentives have all contributed to the intentional mislabeling of seafood. While whole, unprocessed fish can generally be identified by their morphological features, processing of seafood makes identification challenging. Current methods to identify seafood species require a laboratory environment, trained users and these methods are time-consuming. Lynntech’s proposed detection system will provide an economical, rapid, user-friendly, field-ready method to determine species identification. In this Phase I feasibility effort, we will develop our assay to detect a single dietary fish, as well as two species that are illegally used as seafood substitutes. During Phase II, we will expand our assay to detect additional species and conduct field studies. Our final product will allow for the identification of at least five commercially important fish species and will be Wi-Fi capable. The Lynntech ditection assay will advance efforts to prevent illegally harvested fish from entering the marketplace and ports as well as in restaurants.

Phase II

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