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Ecology and Detection of Human Pathogens in the Produce Production Continuum

Investigators
Gorski, Lisa; Cooley, Michael; Carter, John Mark; Wu, Vivian; Brandl, Maria; Tian, Peng; Hnasko, Robert; Silva, Christopher
Institutions
USDA - Agricultural Research Service
Start date
2015
End date
2020
Objective
Elucidate biological factors and molecular mechanisms that enhance or reduce fitness characteristics related to survival and growth of enteric pathogens in the produce production continuum. Sub-objective 1A-1I (Refer to uploaded Project Plan) Objective 2: Identify environmental factors that affect the persistence and transmission of enteric pathogens in the produce production environment for risk assessment. Sub-objective 2A-2H (Refer to uploaded Project Plan) Objective 3: Develop methods for the detection and subtyping of enteric bacterial and viral pathogens from produce production environments; to aid epidemiological investigations and to distinguish pathogenic from non-pathogenic strains. Sub-objective 3A-3E (Refer to uploaded Project Plan) Objective 4: Study the ecology of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) bacteriophages and its association with bacterial hosts. Objective 5: Development of immuno-, bacteriophage-, and mass spectrometry-based methods for rapid detection of foodborne pathogens.
Project source
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Project number
2030-42000-050-00-D
Accession number
430338
Categories
Escherichia coli
Bacterial Pathogens
Prevention and Control
Risk Assessment, Management, and Communication