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Molecular Ecology of Listeria Monocytogenes in the Turkey Processing Industry

Investigators
Meinersaman, Richard
Institutions
North Carolina State University
Start date
2002
End date
2006
Objective
  1. Determine prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella enterica, and Campylobacter spp. in turkey processing plants and raw products.
  2. Use strain subtyping to evaluate the clonal structure of the bacterial enteropathogen populations in turkeys and compare this to global populations.
  3. Characterize of biofilm forming potential of the bacteria.
  4. Screen for virulence potential of prevalent and resident strains using human vascular endothelial cell cultures.
  5. Evaluate the ability of select strains to be transferred to foods from food contact surfaces, and to persist and grow (L. monocytogenes) at refrigeration temperatures.
Funding Source
Agricultural Research Service
Project number
6612-41420-010-03S
Accession number
405975
Categories
Listeria
Salmonella
Bacterial Pathogens