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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Microbial Ecology and Safety of Fresh Produce

Location: Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory

Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)

Comparison of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Composting Council... Escherichia coli O157:H7 in finished compost - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Reynnells, R., Ingram, D., Roberts, C.L., Stonebraker, R.E., Handy, E.T., Felton, G., Vinyard, B.T., Millner, P.D., Sharma, M. 2014. Comparison of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Composting Council Microbial Detection Methods in Finished Compost and Regrowth Potential of Salmonella spp. and Escherichia coli O157:H7 in finished compost. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 11:555-567.
Role of curli and plant cultivation conditions on Escherichia coli O157:H7 internalization into organic spinach grown on hydroponics and in soil - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Macarisin, D., Patel, J.R., Sharma, V.K. 2014. Role of curli and plant cultivation conditions on Escherichia coli O157:H7 internalization into organic spinach grown on hydroponics and in soil. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 173:68-53.
Effect of spinach cultivar and bacterial adherence factors on survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 on spinach leaves - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Macarisin, D., Patel, J.R., Bauchan, G.R., Giron, J., Ravishankar, S. 2013. Effect of spinach cultivar and bacterial adherence factors on survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 on spinach leaves. Journal of Food Protection. 76(11):1829-1837.
Differences in biofilm formation of produce and poultry Salmonella enterica isolates and their persistence on spinach plants - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Patel, J.R., Singh, M., Macarisin, D., Sharma, M., Shelton, D.R. 2013. Differences in biofilm formation of produce and poultry Salmonella enterica isolates and their persistence on spinach plants. Food Microbiology. 36:388-394.
The antimicrobial effects of cinnamon oil against multi-drug resistant Salmonella Newport on organic leafy greens - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Todd, J., Friedman, M., Patel, J.R., Jaroni, D., Ravishankar, S. 2013. The antimicrobial effects of cinnamon oil against multi-drug resistant Salmonella Newport on organic leafy greens. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 166:193-199.
Glucosinolate-derived compounds as a green manure for controlling Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella in soil - (Abstract Only)
(31-May-13)
Biocontrol of Escherichia coli O157:H7 on fresh-cut spinach and lettuce using a bacteriophage cocktail - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Boyacioglu, O., Sharma, M., Sulakvelidze, A., Goktepe, I. 2013. Biocontrol of Escherichia coli O157:H7 on fresh-cut spinach and lettuce using a bacteriophage cocktail. Bacteriophage. DOI: 10.4161/bact.24620.
Survival of generic E. coli and surrogate E. coli O157:H7 in manure-amended soils - (Abstract Only)
(22-Mar-13)
Persistence of Escherichia coli in manure-amended soil in Pennsylvania - (Abstract Only)
(22-Mar-13)
Persistence of Escherichia coli and Attenuated E. coli O157:H7 in manure-enriched soils in the Eastern Shore of Maryland - (Abstract Only)
(22-Mar-13)
Comparison of microbial methods to detect fecal coliforms, E. coli and Salmonella spp. in finished compost - (Abstract Only)
(22-Mar-13)
Recovery of Escherichia coli O157:H7 by immunomagnetic separation techniques and potential for regrowth in finished composts - (Abstract Only)
(22-Mar-13)
The effect of UV radiation on survival of Salmonella enterica in dried manure dust - (Abstract Only)
(22-Mar-13)
Survival of Salmonella in manure dust on spinach leaves - (Abstract Only)
(22-Mar-13)
Comparative survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella Typhimurium, and Murine Norovirus on spinach plants - (Abstract Only)
(22-Mar-13)
Role of curli and contamination level on Escherichia coli O157:H7 internalization into organic spinach plants grown on hydroponics and in soil - (Abstract Only)
(18-Mar-13)
The Antimicrobial effects of Glucosinolates Hydrolysis compounds on E. Coli O157:H12 into field soil - (Abstract Only)
(18-Mar-13)
The use of lytic bacteriophages to reduce E. coli O157:H7 on fresh cut lettuce introduced through cross-contamination - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ferguson, S.E., Handy, E.T., Roberts, C.L., Sharma, M. 2013. The use of lytic bacteriophages to reduce E. coli O157:H7 on fresh cut lettuce introduced through cross-contamination. Bacteriophage. DOI: 10.4161/bact.24323.
Use of Bacteriophages to control bacterial pathogens - (Abstract Only)
Sharma, M. 2013. Use of Bacteriophages to control bacterial pathogens. [abstract]. 11th Annual Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Conference abstract book p.137-144.
Persistence of salmonella Typhimurium in Nopal - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Landa-Salgado, P., Hernandez Anguiano, A.M., Vargas Hernandez, M., Eslava Campos, C., Chaidez Quiroz, C., Patel, J.R. 2013. Persistence of salmonella Typhimurium in Nopal. Revista Fitotecnia Mexicana. 36(2):147-153.
Haccp Implementation in the Production of Fresh-Cut Produce - (Proceedings)
Patel, J.R. 2013. HACCP implementation in the production of fresh-cut produce. Proceedings of the International Congress on Food Technology, Quality, and Safety. Pub #11CPT/INCOFTECH 2013/LP-026.
Haccp Implementation in the Production of Fresh-Cut Produce - (Abstract Only)
Patel, J.R. 2013. HACCP implementation in the production of fresh-cut produce. [abstract].
Antibacterial activity of oregano oil against antibiotic resistant Salmonella enterica on organic leafy greens at varying exposure times and storage temperatures - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Moore-Neibel, K., Gerber, C., Patel, J.R., Friedman, M., Jaroni, D., Ravishankar, S. 2013. Antibacterial activity of oregano oil against antibiotic resistant Salmonella enterica on organic leafy greens at varying exposure times and storage temperatures. Food Microbiology. 34(1):123-129.
Survival of pathogenic Escherichia coli on basil, lettuce, and spinach - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Markland, S., Shortlidge, K., Hoover, D., Yaron, S., Patel, J.R., Singh, A., Sharma, M., Kniel, K. 2012. Survival of pathogenic Escherichia coli on basil, lettuce, and spinach. Zoonoses and Public Health. DOI: 10.1111/zph.12033.
The effects of free chlorine concentration, organic load, and exposure time on the inactivation of Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157:H7 and non-O157 STEC - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Shen, C., Luo, Y., Nou, X., Wang, Q., Millner, P.D. 2013. The effects of free chlorine concentration, organic load, and exposure time on the inactivation of Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157:H7 and non-O157 STEC. Journal of Food Protection. 76(3):386-393.
Antimicrobial activity of Cinnamaldehyde and Sporan against Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella on lettuce - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Yossa, N., Patel, J.R., Millner, P.D., Ravishankar, S., Martin Lo, Y. 2013. Antimicrobial activity of Cinnamaldehyde and Sporan against Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella on lettuce. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 10(1):87-96.
Antibacterial activity of cinnamaldehyde and Sporan against Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Yossa, N., Patel, J.R., Millner, P.D., Murphy, C.F., Bauchan, G.R., Lo, M. 2012. Antibacterial activity of cinnamaldehyde and Sporan against Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella. Journal of Food Processing and Preservation. DOI: 10.1111/jfpp.12026.
A pilot plant scale evaluation of a new process aid for enhancing chlorine efficacy against pathogen survival and cross-contamination during produce wash     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Luo, Y., Nou, X., Millner, P.D., Zhou, B., Shen, C., Yang, Y., Wu, Y., Wang, Q., Fen, H., Shelton, D.R. 2012. A pilot plant scale evaluation of a new process aid for enhancing chlorine efficacy against pathogen survival and cross-contamination during produce wash. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 158(2):133-139.
Fresh produce washing aid, T-128, enhances inactivation of Salmonella and Pseudomonas Biofilms on stainless steel and cantaloupe rinds in chlorinated wash solutions - (Abstract Only)
Shen, C., Luo, Y., Nou, X., Bauchan, G.R., Wang, Q., Millner, P.D. 2012. Fresh produce washing aid, T-128, enhances inactivation of Salmonella and Pseudomonas Biofilms on stainless steel and cantaloupe rinds in chlorinated wash solutions. BARC Poster Day.
Effects of simulated packing house operating conditions on pathogen internalization in tomatoes - (Abstract Only)
Zhou, B., Luo, Y., Yang, Y., Wu, Y., Paul, Y., Nou, X., Wang, Q. 2012. Effects of simulated packing house operating conditions on pathogen internalization in tomatoes. [abstract] BARC Poster Day.
Effects of temperature differential and immersion time on internalization of Salmonella Newport in tomatoes - (Abstract Only)
Zhou, B., Luo, Y., Yang, Y., Wu, Y., Paul, Y., Nou, X., Wang, Q. 2012. Effects of temperature differential and immersion time on internalization of Salmonella Newport in tomatoes. [abstract].
Effects of temperature differential and immersion time on internalization of salmonella newport in tomatoes - (Abstract Only)
Zhou, B., Luo, Y., Yang, Y., Wu, Y., Paul, Y., Nou, X., Wang, Q. 2012. Effects of temperature differential and immersion time on internalization of salmonella newport in tomatoes. [abstract].
Inactivation of Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157:H7 and non-O157 STEC by hypochlorite solutions with high organic loads - (Abstract Only)
Shen, C., Luo, Y., Nou, X., Wang, Q., Millner, P.D. 2012. Inactivation of Salmonella, Escherichia coli O157:H7 and non-O157 STEC by hypochlorite solutions with high organic loads. [abstract]
Fresh produce washing aid, T-128, enhances inactivation of Salmonella and pseudomonas biofilms on stainless steel coupons in chlorinated wash solutions - (Abstract Only)
Shen, C., Luo, Y., Nou, X., Zhou, B., Bauchan, G.R., Wang, Q., Millner, P.D. 2012. Fresh produce washing aid, T-128, enhances inactivation of Salmonella and pseudomonas biofilms on stainless steel coupons in chlorinated wash solutions. [abstract].
The mechanism of bactericidal action of cinnamaldehyde and Sporan on Escherichia coli and Salmonella - (Abstract Only)
Yossa, N., Patel, J.R., Macarisin, D., Millner, P.D., Murphy, C.A., Bauchan, G.R., Lo, M. 2012. The mechanism of bactericidal action of cinnamaldehyde and Sporan on Escherichia coli and Salmonella. BARC Poster Day. #57.
Survival of non-pathogenic E. coli and E. coli O157:H7 in Delmarva field plots amended with animal manure - (Abstract Only)
Cotton, C., Hashem, F., Jones, K., Sharma, M., Millner, P.D. 2012. Survival of non-pathogenic E. coli and E. coli O157:H7 in Delmarva field plots amended with animal manure. International Association for Food Protection. [abstract].
Effect of spinach cultivar and strain variation on survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 on spinach leaves - (Abstract Only)
Patel, J.R., Macarisin, D., Bauchan, G.R. 2012. Effect of spinach cultivar and strain variation on survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 on spinach leaves. International Association for Food Protection. Paper No. T4-09.
The use of zero-valent iron filtration to reduce Escherichia coli and Listeria innocua in irrigation water - (Abstract Only)
Banerjee, R., Singh, A., Callahan, M.L., Roberts, C.L., Ingram, D.T., Patel, J.R., Hoover, D., Kniel, K., Sharma, M. 2012. The use of zero-valent iron filtration to reduce Escherichia coli and Listeria innocua in irrigation water. [abstract] International Association for Food Protection. P3-32. p.182.
Survival of Salmonella enterica in dried turkey manure - (Abstract Only)
Oni, R., Buchanan, R., Sharma, M. 2012. Survival of Salmonella enterica in dried turkey manure. International Association for Food Protection. [abstract].
A comparison of E. coli persistence on basil plants and soil using drip and overhead irrigation - (Abstract Only)
Markland, S., Shortlidge, K., Cook, L., Lestrange, K., Sharma, M., Kniel, K. 2012. A comparison of E. coli persistence on basil plants and soil using drip and overhead irrigation. International Association for Food Protection. [abstract].
Influence of poultry litter and dairy manure on persistence of non-pathogenic E. coli and E. coli O157:H7 applied to fields - (Abstract Only)
Jones, K., Hashem, F., Cotton, C., Roberts, C.L., Sharma, M., Millner, P.D. 2012. Influence of poultry litter and dairy manure on persistence of non-pathogenic E. coli and E. coli O157:H7 applied to fields. International Association for Food Protection. [abstract].
Influence of poultry litter and dairy manure on persistence of non-pathogenic E. coli and E. coli O157:H7 in two geographically distinct mid-Atlantic fields - (Abstract Only)
Millner, P.D., Sharma, M., Hashem, F., Cotton, C., Jones, K. 2012. Influence of poultry litter and dairy manure on persistence of non-pathogenic E. coli and E. coli O157:H7 in two geographically distinct mid-Atlantic fields. [abstract].
Effectiveness of lytic bacteriophages in reducing E. coli O157:H7 populations introduced through cross-contamination on fresh cut lettuce - (Abstract Only)
Ferguson, S.E., Roberts, C.L., Sharma, M. 2012. Effectiveness of lytic bacteriophages in reducing E. coli O157:H7 populations introduced through cross-contamination on fresh cut lettuce. Annual Meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists.
Effectiveness of lytic bacteriophages in reducing E. coli O157:H7 populations introduced through cross-contamination on fresh cut lettuce - (Abstract Only)
(09-Feb-12)
Gram-negative phytopathogenic and soil bacteria enhance the presence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in dual-species biofilms - (Abstract Only)
Liu, N., Nou, X., Lo, Y. 2012. Gram-negative phytopathogenic and soil bacteria enhance the presence of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in dual-species biofilms. [abstract].
Strategies for the reduction of human pathogens in tomatoes and leafy greens: A farm to fork systems approach - (Abstract Only)
Ingram, D.T., Zhou, B., Shen, C., Yang, Y., Sharma, M., Nou, X., Millner, P.D., Luo, Y. 2012. Strategies for the reduction of human pathogens in tomatoes and leafy greens: A farm to fork systems approach. [abstract].
Effectiveness of lytic bacteriophages in reducing E. coli O157:H7 populations introduced through cross-contamination on fresh cut lettuce - (Abstract Only)
Ferguson, S.E., Roberts, C.L., Sharma, M. 2012. Effectiveness of lytic bacteriophages in reducing E. coli O157:H7 populations introduced through cross-contamination on fresh cut lettuce. [abstract].
Human enteric pathogen internalization by root uptake into food crops - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Hirniesen, K., Sharma, M., Kniel, K. 2012. Human enteric pathogen internalization by root uptake into food crops. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 9:396-405.
Fresh produce washing aid, T-128, enhances inactivation of salmonella and pseudomonas biofilms on stainless steel in chlorinated wash solutions - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Shen, C., Luo, Y., Nou, X., Bauchan, G.R., Zhou, B., Wang, Q., Millner, P.D. 2012. Fresh produce washing aid, T-128, enhances inactivation of salmonella and pseudomonas biofilms on stainless steel in chlorinated wash solutions. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 78(19):6789-98.
Antimicrobial activity of lemongrass oil against Salmonella enterica on organic leafy greens     Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Moore-Niebel, K., Gerber, C., Patel, J.R., Friedman, M., Ravishankar, S. 2012. Antimicrobial activity of lemongrass oil against Salmonella enterica on organic leafy greens. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 112:485-492.
The use of Zero-valent iron biosand filters to reduce E. coli O157:H12 in irrigation water applied to spinach plants in a field setting - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Ingram, D.T., Callahan, M.L., Ferguson, S.E., Hoover, D., Shelton, D.R., Millner, P.D., Patel, J.R., Kniel, K., Sharma, M. 2012. The use of Zero-valent iron biosand filters to reduce E. coli O157:H12 in irrigation water applied to spinach plants in a field setting. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 112(3):551-560.
Use of zero-valent iron biosand filters to reduce E. coli O157:H12 in irrigation water applied to spinach plants in a field setting - (Abstract Only)
Ingram, D.T., Hoover, D., Shelton, D.R., Millner, P.D., Patel, J.R., Kniel, K., Sharma, M. 2012. Use of zero-valent iron biosand filters to reduce E. coli O157:H12 in irrigation water applied to spinach plants in a field setting. International Association for Food Protection. 112:551-560.
Role of curli and cellulose expression by Escherichia coli O157:H7 on the cell’s ability to attach to spinach - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Macarisin, D., Patel, J.R., Bauchan, G.R., Giron, J., Sharma, V.K. 2012. Role of curli and cellulose expression by Escherichia coli O157:H7 on the cell’s ability to attach to spinach. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 9(2):160-167.
Pathogen risk associated with farming practices - (Abstract Only)
Sharma, M. 2011. Pathogen risk associated with farming practices. [abstract].
Survival and stress responses of E. coli exposed to alkaline cleaners - (Abstract Only)
Sharma, M. 2011. Survival and stress responses of E. coli exposed to alkaline cleaners. [abstract].
Essential oils reduce Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella on spinach leaves without affecting produce quality - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Yossa, N., Patel, J.R., Millner, P.D., Lo, M. 2012. Essential oils reduce Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella on spinach leaves without affecting produce quality. Journal of Food Protection. 75(3):488-496..
Improving the safety and post-harvest quality of field grown organic leafy greens: assessment of good agricultural/production practices along the farm to fork continuum - (Abstract Only)
Ravishankar, S., Bright, K., Fonseca, J., Gerba, C., Nolte, K., Jaroni, D., Patel, J.R., Friedman, M. 2011. Improving the safety and post-harvest quality of field grown organic leafy greens: assessment of good agricultural/production practices along the farm to fork continuum. [abstract] 46(9):5290.
Defense response in Nopal Cladodes infiltrated with Salmonella Typhimurium - (Proceedings)
Landa, S., Hernandez, A., Vargas, H., Eslava, C., Chaidez, Q., Patel, J.R. 2011. Defense response in Nopal Cladodes infiltrated with Salmonella Typhimurium. Meeting Proceedings. p. 126-129.
Persistence of salmonella typhimurium in nopal cladodes - (Abstract Only)
Landa, S., Hernandez, A., Vargas, H., Eslava, C., Lopez, J., Chaidez, Q., Patel, J.R. 2011. Persistence of salmonella typhimurium in nopal cladodes. [abstract]. 13th International COntress on Food Safety and 28th National meeting of Microbiology Hygiene and Toxicology. 100-103.
Viruses - (Book / Chapter)
Sharma, M., Sharma, G. 2012. Viruses. In: Decontamination of Fresh and Minimally Processed Produe. ed. V.M. Gomez-Lopez. Wiley Blackwell. Hoboken, NJ. p. 285-295.
Improving produce safety by stabilizing chlorine in washing solutions with high organic loads - (Abstract Only)
Luo, Y., Nou, X., Millner, P.D., Shelton, D.R. 2011. Improving produce safety by stabilizing chlorine in washing solutions with high organic loads. Meeting Abstract.
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