Edible bird's nest (EBN) is a well-known and precious traditional Chinese herbal material (CHM). Because of this, preventing the adulteration of EBN efficiently and precisely is crucial to protect consumers’ interests and health. In this study, a loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assay was developed for the detection of EBN using specifically designed LAMP primers. The results demonstrated that the identification of EBN by LAMP assay was specific and rapid (within 1 h). It had no cross-reaction with EBN adulterants, including white fungus, egg white and pig skin, in different ratios. The relative detection limit was 0.01% EBN in the adulterants. Moreover, the sensitivity of LAMP in authenticating EBN was 10−8 μg, it showed higher sensitivity than that of conventional PCR with 105 fold. When genomic DNAs extracted from boiled or steamed EBN samples were used as templates, LAMP for EBN detection was not affected and was reproducible after heat processing. In conclusion, the LAMP assay established herein could be applicable for authenticating EBN and for identifying commercial EBN products in herbal markets. © 2018

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