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Phytophagous insects transform leaves into a conducive environment for Salmonella enterica

Barak-Cunningham, Jeri
University of Wisconsin - Madison
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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.
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Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
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Bacterial Pathogens