6959334072?profile=RESIZE_400x The popularity of high value Chia and Quinoa "superfoods", makes them vulnerable to substitution and mislabelling. A real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction)  (qPCR) method has been developed for the authentication of these two seeds.The developed method using chia- and quinoa specific primer-probe sets based on TaqMan technology was validated, and specificity, cross-reactivity, limit of detection, efficiency and robustness were determined. The method was successfully applied to twelve (chia) and seven (quinoa) commercial composite samples, indicating its suitability to authenticate these two foods.

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