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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Biology and Control of Human Pathogens on Fresh Produce

Location: Produce Safety and Microbiology Research

Project Number: 5325-42000-046-00
Project Type: Appropriated

Start Date: Dec 28, 2010
End Date: Dec 27, 2015

Objective:
Objective 1: Identify and characterize the microbial genes that are involved in the attachment, colonization and survival of enteric pathogens on produce. Objective 2: Determine the genetic and biochemical factors in plants that effect the attachment, growth and survival of human pathogens in/on plants. Objective 3: Assess the role of other microflora and aerosols in survival and transmission of enteric pathogens in agricultural environments. Objective 4: Develop methods for the detection of enteric viral and bacterial pathogens from produce and soil.

Approach:
Plant-microbe model systems in combination population studies, molecular methods, genomics, and microscopy, will be used to investigate the interaction of human pathogens with plants and plant-associated bacteria, as well as to develop improved methods for detection of human pathogens on produce.

Last Modified: 8/21/2014
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