<OL> <LI> Optimize fabrication of conducting polymer composite electrospun fibers.
<LI> Immobilization of aptamers or antibodies onto electrospun fibers.
<LI> Evaluate the capture efficiency of model pathogens (Salmonella, E. coli O157:H7 and Listeria monocytogenes) of optimized fibers.
<LI> Detection of captured pathogens using electrochemical or optical transduction.
<LI> Verification of sensor performance in model food matrices.
By providing a low cost sensor, it will be possible for processors to increase testing within facilities thereby reducing the risk of future listeriosis and other foodborne illness outbreaks. <P> For more information, please visit the <a href="http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/research/foodsafety/index.html" target="_blank">Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) Food Safety Research Program</a>.