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Phytophagous insects transform leaves into a conducive environment for Salmonella enterica

Investigators
Barak-Cunningham, Jeri
Institutions
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Start date
2020
End date
2024
Objective
The ultimate goal of our research is to fill the knowledge gap of how phytophagous insects facilitate S. enterica survival on agricultural crops pre-harvest that consumers intend to consume raw and what measures growers, or plant protection scientists, could use to limit the risk these insects pose for food safety. Objective 1 will define specific mechanisms by which insect feeding increases S. enterica survival on leaves.Objective 2 will identify and characterize bacterial functions that enable phytophagous insects to become biological vectors.
Funding Source
Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
Project source
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Project number
WIS03045
Accession number
1022666
Categories
Bacterial Pathogens