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USE OF ENDOPHYTIC PSEUDOMONAS SPP. TO IMPROVE FOOD SAFETY OF LETTUCE WHILE ELIMINATING THE POSTHARVEST SANITATION

Investigators
Zheng, Guolu
Institutions
Lincoln University
Start date
2020
End date
2022
Objective
The goal of this proof-of-concept study is to develop a novel biocontrol method to improve the food safety of fresh and fresh-cut produce. The specific objectives of this study are as follows:1) To verify that the selected endophyticPseudomonas isolatescan live in lettuce from preharvest to postharvest.2) To evaluate the efficacy of the endophyticisolates for in situ controlling E. coli O157:H7 in lettuce by introducing the human pathogen before, at, and after lettuce is harvested.
Funding Source
Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
Project source
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Project number
MOLUZheng AFRI 2
Accession number
1021866
Categories
Escherichia coli
Parasites
Natural Toxins
Viruses and Prions
Bacterial Pathogens
Chemical Contaminants