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PhD project: Tracking and analysis of microbial populations


This project expects to develop a routine method that will allow us to track microbial population dynamics in food produce from its place of origin through to consumption. By understanding what time points and spatial surfaces are critical to the hygiene and longevity of the food product, this will allow us select key microbes to target during the cleaning and hygiene routines. Using non-culturable methods such as 16S Illumina Sequencing we hope to produce a better understanding of the microbiome by not selecting for any time, temperature, or chemical pressures. Upon collection and breakdown of this data we hope to establish a method of understanding the microflora and show a number of applications within food factory hygiene control.

Jack Alderton
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