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Novel Non-Thermal Treatments in Postharvest Processing of Food and Feed Commodities.

Investigators
Moore, Janie
Institutions
Texas A&M University
Start date
2018
End date
2023
Objective
ObjectivesResearch, education and extension activities will be carried out to accomplish the objectives listed below. This research is a fundamental investigation into the impact of novel non-thermal treatments on food and feed commodities in an effort to reduce losses due to microbial contamination and increase shelf life and quality.Short term: (1) Identify vulnerabilities in processing and storage facilities by using quantifiable and traceability systems; (2) develop a lab scale ACP and ozone treatment system focused on areas of vulnerability.Medium term: (1) Validate the treatment systems by using feed commodities and observe changes in the aflatoxin content levels; (2) write a standardized protocol that can allow for the methods to be repeated.Long term: (1) Determine the long-term cost analysis for preserving feed stock during postharvest storage; (2) through extension, develop workshops to bring together processors and scientists; (3) through education, develop teaching and research activities for undergraduate and graduate students in STEM fields interested in biosecurity networks, including underrepresented minorities.
Funding Source
Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
Project source
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Project number
TEX09745
Accession number
1018258
Categories
Bacterial Pathogens
Mycotoxins