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Dow AgroSciences Plextein to be used in food allergen testing


EAG Laboratories will now be utilizing Dow AgroSciences’ Plextein, a high throughput method for detecting and quantitating multiple proteins in plants,  to test for food allergen in soybeans in just one analysis. Historically, testing for food allergens in soybeans requires a dozen different tests.

Dow AgroSciences invented Plextein to rapidly identify and quantify multiple proteins in plant samples. The technology uses liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) to simultaneously measure plant-derived proteins of interest to companies and government regulatory agencies.

“The rapid quantitation of allergens in soybeans helps soybean product developers quickly and efficiently meet the increasing regulatory demands around the globe, which ultimately can help speed products getting into the hands of farmers,” says Tom Meade, PhD, Global Seeds and Traits Discovery Leader, Dow AgroSciences. “Plextein is highly effective in getting to the answers that are needed in terms of potential changes in allergen expression level.”

“EAG offers seed and trait developers the unique combination of biotechnology and protein characterization expertise, more than 50 years’ experience analyzing plant matrices, and significant LC/MS/MS horsepower. Adding the Plextein platform to our offering will enable us to better leverage this know-how and bring our customers the latest advancements in plant protein analyses,” said Chris Lively, Ph.D., Senior Director of Biotechnology Services at EAG Laboratories.

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