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Molecular Characterization of Foodborne Pathogens Research Unit

Pina M. Fratamico, Research Leader
Barbara Hawkins, Program Support Assistant
Voice:  (215) 233-6611
Fax:  (215) 233-6581


The Molecular Characterization of Foodborne Pathogens Research Unit maintains a commitment to high quality basic and applied research to (1) address the needs of regulatory agencies, the food industry, the scientific community, and the consumer to ensure a safe food supply and (2) develop sustainable, environmentally-friendly, agricultural practices. Research areas include: • technologies for rapid detection and typing of food-borne pathogens • pathogen survival, virulence, communication systems, and adaptation to environmental stress • on-farm production and utilization of symbiotic arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi to enhance mineral-nutrient uptake by crops.

Last Modified: 8/16/2016
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