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Research Publications (Food Safety)

This page tracks research articles published in national and international peer-reviewed journals. Recent articles are available ahead of print and searchable by Journal, Article Title, and Category. Research publications are tracked across six categories: Bacterial Pathogens, Chemical Contaminants, Natural Toxins, Parasites, Produce Safety, and Viruses. Articles produced by USDA Grant Funding Agencies (requires login) and FDA Grant Funding Agencies (requires login) are also tracked in Scopus.

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  1. Hydroponic Nutrient Solution Temperature Impacts Tulane Virus Persistence over Time

    • Food and Environmental Virology
    • Controlled environment agriculture (CEA), or indoor agriculture, encompasses non-traditional farming methods that occur inside climate-controlled structures (e.g., greenhouses, warehouses, high tunnels) allowing for year-round production of fresh produce such as leaf lettuce. However, recent outbreaks and recalls associated with hydroponically grown lettuce contaminated with human pathogens have raised concerns.

      • Produce Safety
      • Leafy Greens
      • Viruses
      • Norovirus
  2. New Genomic Techniques applied to food cultures: a powerful contribution to innovative, safe, and sustainable food products

    • FEMS Microbiology Letters
    • Nontransgenic New Genomic Techniques (NGTs) have emerged as a promising tool for food industries, allowing food cultures to contribute to an innovative, safe, and more sustainable food system. NGTs have the potential to be applied to microorganisms, delivering on challenging performance traits like texture, flavour, and an increase of nutritional value.

      • Produce Safety
      • Pre Harvest
  3. Applied microbiology of the phyllosphere

    • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
    • The phyllosphere, or plant leaf surface, represents a microbial ecosystem of considerable size, holding extraordinary biodiversity and enormous potential for the discovery of new products, tools, and applications in biotechnology, agriculture, medicine, and elsewhere.

      • Produce Safety
      • Leafy Greens
  4. Machine learning for storage duration based on volatile organic compounds emitted from 'Jukhyang' and 'Merry Queen' strawberries during post-harvest storage

    • Postharvest Biology and Technology
    • Strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa Duch.) is a widely favored horticultural crop renowned for its unique taste and flavor. To develop an accurate predictive model for strawberry freshness, colorimetric data, total soluble solids, titratable acidity, and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were investigated in fully ripe 'Jukhyang' and 'Merry Queen' strawberries. Data measurements were conducted after 0, 4, 8, and 12 days of cold storage (10 °C, 79% RH).

      • Produce Safety
      • Post Harvest
  5. Effect of exogenous melatonin on postharvest storage quality of passion fruit through antioxidant metabolism

    • LWT
    • This study investigated the effect of melatonin (MT) on postharvest storage quality of passion fruit. Passion fruits were treated with four different concentrations of MT solutions (100, 200, 300 and 400 μmol/L) for 30 min and stored for 8 days.

      • Produce Safety
      • Post Harvest
  6. Review of fruits flavor deterioration in postharvest storage: Odorants, formation mechanism and quality control

    • Food Research International
    • Fruits flavor deterioration is extremely likely to occur during post-harvest storage, which not only damages quality but also seriously affects its market value. This work focuses on the study of fruits deterioration odorants during storage by describing their chemical compositions (i.e., alcohols, aldehydes, acids, and sulfur-containing compounds).

      • Produce Safety
      • Post Harvest
  7. Methyl jasmonate-loaded composite biofilm sustainably alleviates chilling lignification of loquat fruit during postharvest storage

    • Food Chemistry
    • In this work, the MeJA-loaded gelatin/pullulan/chitosan composite biofilm was prepared to inhibit the chilling lignification of the loquat fruit during storage at 0 °C. The firmness and lignin content were decreased by 89 % and 81.77 % after MeJA-loaded biofilm treatment. Malondialdehyde (MDA) production was almost completely suppressed and chilling injury of loquat fruit was significantly reduced.

      • Produce Safety
      • Post Harvest
  8. Influence of Postharvest Natural Softening Conditions on the Nutritional Quality of Safou (Dacryodes edulis H.J.Lam) Flour: Rheological Properties of the Optimized Safou Flour

    • International Journal of Food Science
    • Safou (Dacryodes edulis H.J.Lam) is a seasonal fruit of great importance in the diet and economy of the populations of safou-producing countries. However, the valorization of this fruit is limited due to postharvest losses linked to the softening of the fruit, though this fruit is an essential source of macro- and micronutrients.

      • Produce Safety
      • Seasonal Produce
  9. Characterization of granulation in citrus “Harumi” fruit during postharvest storage

    • Postharvest Biology and Technology
    • Granulation is a serious physiological disorder in citrus fruit, which impairs the fruit quality and causes economic losses to the citrus industry. ‘Harumi’ ((Citrus unshiu × C. sinensis) × C. reticulate), a mandarin-type variety, is prone to granulation, especially after long-term storage.

      • Produce Safety
      • Post Harvest
  10. AcMYB10 Involved in Anthocyanin Regulation of ‘Hongyang’ Kiwifruit Induced via Fruit Bagging and High-Postharvest-Temperature Treatments

    • Genes
    • Light and temperature are key factors influencing the accumulation of anthocyanin in fruit crops. To assess the effects of fruit bagging during development and high post-ripening temperature on ‘Hongyang’ kiwifruit, we compared the pigmentation phenotypes and expression levels of anthocyanin-related genes between bagged and unbagged treatments, and between 25 °C and 37 °C postharvest storage temperatures.

      • Produce Safety
      • Post Harvest
  11. Application of image analysis and machine learning for the assessment of grape (Vitis L.) berry behavior under different storage conditions

    • European Food Research and Technology
    • Fresh grapes are characterized by a short shelf life and are often subjected to quality losses during post-harvest storage. The quality assessment of grapes using image analysis may be a useful approach using non-destructive methods. This study aimed to compare the effect of different storage methods on the grape image texture parameters of the fruit outer structure.

      • Produce Safety
      • Post Harvest
  12. Development and evaluation of a vacuum impregnation system for enhancement of biochemical properties of food materials

    • Journal of Food Science and Technology
    • Vacuum impregnation is a novel methodology for adding various substances to porous foods. This study aimed to develop a cost effective automate system for vacuum impregnation of food materials to enhance their nutritional, functional and sensory properties depending on the functionality of the impregnation solution.

      • Produce Safety
      • Fresh Cut
  13. OsJMJ718, a histone demethylase gene, positively regulates seed germination in rice

    • The Plant Journal
    • SUMMARY Seed vigor has major impact on the rate and uniformity of seedling growth, crop yield, and quality. However, the epigenetic regulatory mechanism of crop seed vigor remains unclear. In this study, a (jumonji C) JmjC gene of the histone lysine demethylase OsJMJ718 was cloned in rice, and its roles in seed germination and its epigenetic regulation mechanism were investigated. OsJMJ718 was located in the nucleus and was engaged in H3K9 methylation.

      • Produce Safety
      • Ethylene Sensitive
  14. Application of UV-B Light and Low-Toxicity Compounds to Prevent Postharvest Spoilage on Lemons

    • Food and Bioprocess Technology
    • Green and blue molds and sour rot, caused by Penicillium digitatum, P. italicum, and Geotrichum citri-aurantii, are postharvest diseases which represent an important economic issue in lemon production. Conventionally, their control involves the intensive use of synthetic fungicides, leading to the emergence of resistant strains and harmful residue accumulation on fruits.

      • Chemical contaminants
      • Pesticide residues
      • Produce Safety
      • Ethylene Sensitive
  15. Effect of edible coatings on quality parameters and phenol composition of ready-to-eat Salanova lettuce

    • European Food Research and Technology
    • Minimally processed fresh-cut leafy vegetables are becoming one of the fastest growing segments in the food industry. In this context, new strategies to extend the preservation, such as the application of edible coatings, represent a key issue for the research community. In this study, the effects of emulsion-based edible coatings on the quality parameters of ready-to-eat Salanova lettuce were investigated.

      • Produce Safety
      • Fresh Cut
  16. Assessment of Candidate Reference Genes for Gene Expression Studies Using RT-qPCR in Colletotrichum fructicola from Litchi

    • Genes
    • Litchi (Litchi chinensis Sonn.) is a tropical fruit originating from southern China that is currently cultivated in subtropical and tropical regions worldwide. Litchi anthracnose, caused by Colletotrichum fructicola, a dominant species of Colletotrichum spp., is an important disease of litchi that damages the fruits in fields and in post-harvest storage.

      • Produce Safety
      • Post Harvest
  17. Advances in loquat post‐harvest preservation and the application of nanotechnology for its active packaging

    • Journal of Food Process Engineering
    • Traditional methods of preserving loquats are summarized. Nanotechnology can extend the shelf‐life of fruits and vegetables through antioxidant, antimicrobial and ethylene removal, thus promising to solve the drawbacks of traditional preservation methods and to have a positive effect on the improvement of loquat in terms of post‐harvest quality. Abstract The loquat fruit is liked by many people for its rich nutritional value.

      • Produce Safety
      • Post Harvest
  18. Postharvest applications of cold plasma treatment for improving food safety and sustainability outcomes for fresh horticultural produce

    • Postharvest Biology and Technology
    • Food safety and sustainability have recently emerged as the key drivers of fresh horticultural produce supply and consumption.

      • Produce Safety
      • Post Harvest
  19. Training in tools to develop quantitative microbial risk assessment of ready‐to‐eat food with a comparison between the Romanian and Spanish food supply chains

    • EFSA Journal
    • Abstract The prevention and control of bacterial contamination on ready‐to‐eat (RTE) fresh produce is an essential task to ensure food safety. Therefore, the development of novel and effective decontamination technologies to ensure microbiological safety of fruits and vegetables has gained considerable attention and new sanitisation methods are needed.

      • Bacterial pathogens
      • Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli
      • Escherichia coli O157:H7
      • Produce Safety
      • Leafy Greens
  20. Quantifying the effect of non‐ionic surfactant alkylphenol ethoxylates on the persistence of thiabendazole on fresh produce surface

    • Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
    • Abstract Background Understanding the role of adjuvants in pesticide persistence is crucial to develop effective pesticide formulations and manage pesticide residues in fresh produce.

      • Chemical contaminants
      • Pesticide residues
      • Produce Safety
      • Leafy Greens
  21. Ethylene production during Alternaria infections on potato plants and its antagonistic role in virulence of different Alternaria species

    • Plant Pathology
    • Large‐spored Alternaria species lose pathogenicity after treatment with the ethylene biosynthesis inhibitor 2‐aminoethoxyvinyl glycine (AVG), while for small‐spored species pathogenicity increased. Abstract Alternaria species are notorious pathogens of solanaceous crops and are known to produce a plethora of toxins. Nevertheless, the involvement of toxins or other virulence factors in Alternaria infections on potato plants has never been investigated.

      • Produce Safety
      • Ethylene Sensitive
  22. Antioxidant effects of phenolic extract from sugarcane straw and mannan extract from brewer's spent yeast on fresh‐cut apples

    • Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
    • Abstract BACKGROUND Fresh‐cut fruit are convenient ready‐to‐eat products increasingly demanded by consumers, but highly susceptible to oxidation. To increase the shelf life of these products, this industry is currently facing the challenge of finding sustainable natural preservatives capable of maintaining fresh‐cut fruit quality while meeting consumers’ expectations regarding health and environmental concerns.

      • Produce Safety
      • Fresh Cut
  23. GERDH: an interactive multi‐omics database for cross‐species data mining in horticultural crops

    • The Plant Journal
    • SUMMARY Horticultural plants contribute immensely to the quality of human's life. The rapid development of omics studies on horticultural plants has resulted in large volumes of valuable growth‐ and development‐related data. Genes that are essential for growth and development are highly conserved in evolution. Cross‐species data mining reduces the impact of species heterogeneity and has been extensively used for conserved gene identification.

      • Produce Safety
      • Post Harvest
  24. Prevalence and molecular characterization of Salmonella isolated from wild birds in fresh produce environments

    • Frontiers in Microbiology
    • Wild birds pose a difficult food safety risk to manage because they can avoid traditional wildlife mitigation strategies, such as fences. Birds often use agricultural fields and structures as foraging and nesting areas, which can lead to defecation on crops and subsequent transfer of foodborne pathogens.

      • Bacterial pathogens
      • Salmonella
      • Produce Safety
      • Post Harvest
      • Pre Harvest
  25. A Comparative Study of Ethylene Detection Methods in Fruit Supply Chains: a Review

    • Food Analytical Methods
    • Ethylene is a primary plant hormone associated with the ripening process of fruits. Ethylene can initiate the ripening process in fruits even at sub-parts per million concentrations. Therefore, ethylene monitoring during fruit transport and storage is very important in order to ensure optimum quality control and shelf-life extension.

      • Produce Safety
      • Ethylene Sensitive