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Metagenomics and Phenotypic Arrays-based Approaches for the Assessment of Foodborne Pathogen Persistence on Lettuce and Cilantro

Investigators
Brandl, Maria
Institutions
USDA - Agricultural Research Service
Start date
2016
End date
2017
Objective
1) To determine the microbiome composition of healthy vs diseased lettuce and spinach leaf tissue from fields in the Salinas region, and assess its effect on the persistence of E. coli O157:H7 in these crops; and 2) To characterize Salmonella strains isolated from cilantro seeds and leaves, and assess their comparative fitness on cilantro plants inoculated at the seed planting stage.
Funding Source
Agricultural Research Service
Project source
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Project number
2030-42000-050-06I 
Accession number
431872
Categories
Escherichia coli
Bacterial Pathogens
Commodities
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