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Eric Handy
Environmental Microbial & Food Safety Laboratory
Biological Science Aid

Phone: (301) 504-8996
Fax: (301) 504-8438
Room 8

BLDG 201 BARC-EAST
BELTSVILLE , MD 20705

Publications (Clicking on the reprint icon Reprint Icon will take you to the publication reprint.)
Prevalence of Salmonella spp. and Listeria monocytogenes in non-traditional irrigation waters in the Mid-Atlantic United States is affected by water type, season, and recovery volume - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Sharma, M., Handy, E.T., East, C.L., Kim, S., Jiang, C., Allard, S., Callahan, M.T., Micallef, S.A., Craighead, S., Anderson, B., Gartley, S., Vanore, A., Kniel, K., Haymaker, J.R., Duncan, R., Foust, D., White, C., Taabodi, M., Hashem, F., Parveen, S., May, E., Bui, A., Craddock, H., Kulkarni, P., Murray, R.T., Sapkota, A.R. 2020. Prevalence of Salmonella spp. and Listeria monocytogenes in non-traditional irrigation waters in the Mid-Atlantic United States is affected by water type, season, and recovery volume. PLoS One. 15(3):e0229365.
Herbicides, antibiotics, stimulants, and disinfectants in agricultural water sources Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Panthi, S., Sapkota, A.R., Raspannti, G., Allard, S., Bui, A., Craddock, H., Murrary, R., Zhu, L., East, C.L., Handy, E.T., Callahan, M., Haymaker, J., Kulkarni, P., Anderson, B., Craighead, S., Gartley, S., Vanore, A., Betancourt, W.Q., Duncan, R., Foust, D., Sharma, M., Micallef, S.A., Gerba, C., Parveen, S., Hashem, F., May, E., Kalmia, K., Pop, M., Ravishankar, S., Sapkota, A. 2019. Herbicides, antibiotics, stimulants, and disinfectants in agricultural water sources. Environmental Research. 174:1-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2019.04.011.
Factors affecting Salmonella Newport survival in soil and subsequent transfer to spinach plants - (Abstract Only)
Evaluation of Survival and Infectivity of Environmental Listeria monocytogenes Isolates in Tidal Brackish Irrigation Water - (Abstract Only)
Presence of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in reclaimed and surface irrigation water sources on Maryland's eastern shore: a Conserve study - (Abstract Only)
Evaluation of zero-valent iron filtration to reduce Escherichia coli in agricultural irrigation water in laboratory and field trials - (Abstract Only)
Salmonella Newport in soils amended with heat-treated poultry pellets survived longer and more readily transferred to and persisted on spinach Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Shah, M.K., Bradshaw, R., Nyarko, E., Handy, E.T., East, C.L., Millner, P.D., Bergholz, T.M., Sharma, M. 2019. Salmonella Newport in soils amended with heat-treated poultry pellets survived longer and more readily transferred to and persisted on spinach. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 85:e02392-18. https://doi.org/10.1128/AEM.02392-18.
Prevalence of shiga-toxigenic and atypical enteropathogenic Escherichia coli in untreated surface water and reclaimed water in the Mid-Atlantic U.S Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Haymaker, J., Sharma, M., Parveen, S., Hashem, F., May, E.B., Handy, E.T., White, C., East, C.L., Bradshaw, R., Micallef, S., Callahan, M., Allard, S., Anderson, B., Craighead, S., Gartley, S., Vanore, A., Kniel, K.E., Solaiman, S., Bui, A., Murray, R.T., Craddock, H.A., Kulkarni, P., Foust, D., Duncan, R., Taabodi, M., Sapkota, A.R. 2019. Prevalence of shiga-toxigenic and atypical enteropathogenic Escherichia coli in untreated surface water and reclaimed water in the Mid-Atlantic U.S. Environmental Research. 172:630-636. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2019.02.019.
Survival of Escherichia coli in manure-amended soils is affected by spatiotemporal, agricultural, and weather factors in the Mid-Atlantic United States Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Sharma, M., Millner, P.D., Hashem, F., Vinyard, B.T., East, C.L., Handy, E.T., White, K.E., Stonebraker, R., Cotton, C.P. 2019. Survival of Escherichia coli in manure-amended soils is affected by spatiotemporal, agricultural, and weather factors in the Mid-Atlantic United States. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 85:e02392-18. https://doi.org/10.1128/AEM.02392-18.
Listeria monocytogenes persistence and transfer to cantaloupes in the packing environment is affected by equipment surface type and cleanliness - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Nyarko, E., Kniel, K.E., Zhou, B., Millner, P.D., Luo, Y., Handy, E.T., East, C.L., Sharma, M. 2018. Listeria monocytogenes persistence and transfer to cantaloupes in the packing environment is affected by equipment surface type and cleanliness. Food Control. 85:177-185.
Prevalence of E. coli, Salmonella spp. and L. monocytogenes in non-traditional irrigation waters in the Mid-Atlantic U.S.: a conserve project - (Abstract Only)
Practices and conditions which promote persistence of Listeria monocytogenes on equipment surfaces and transfer to cantaloupes in the packing environment - (Abstract Only)
Zero-valent iron-biosand filtration is capable of reducing antimicrobials and generic E. coli concentrations in unbuffered conventionally-treated reclaimed water: a CONSERVE project - (Abstract Only)
Generic E. coli levels in surface and nontraditional irrigation water in the mid Atlantic in relation to FSMA water quality standards: A CONSERVE study - (Abstract Only)
A multi-site, multi-year examination of factors affecting the persistence of attenuated O157- and non-pathogenic Escherichia coli in manure-amended soils in the mid-Atlantic United States - (Abstract Only)
Survival of Salmonella Newport on whole and fresh-cut cucumbers treated with lytic bacteriophages - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Sharma, M., Dashiell, G., Handy, E.T., East, C.L., Reynnells, R., White, C., Nyarko, E., Hashem, F., Millner, P.D. 2017. Survival of Salmonella Newport on whole and fresh-cut cucumbers treated with lytic bacteriophages. Journal of Food Protection. 80:668-673.
Survival and growth of Listeria monocytogenes on fresh-cut ‘Athena’ and ‘Rocky Ford’ cantaloupes during storage at 4 and 10°C - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Nyarko, E., Kniel, K., Reynnells, R., East, C.L., Handy, E.T., Luo, Y., Millner, P.D., Sharma, M. 2016. Survival and growth of Listeria monocytogenes on fresh-cut ‘Athena’ and ‘Rocky Ford’ cantaloupes during storage at 4 and 10°C. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 13:587-591.
Survival and growth of Listeria monocytogenes on whole cantaloupes is dependent on site of contamination and storage temperature Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Nayarko, E., Kniel, K., Millner, P.D., Luo, Y., Handy, E.T., Reynnells, R., East, C.L., Sharma, M. 2016. Survival and growth of Listeria monocytogenes on whole cantaloupes is dependent on site of contamination and storage temperature. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 234:65-70.
Reduction of Salmonella populations on cucumber fruit by application of lytic bacteriophages - (Abstract Only)
Evaluation of two immunomagnetic separation techniques for the detection and recovery of E. coli O157:H7 from finished composts Reprint Icon - (Peer Reviewed Journal)
Reynnells, R., Callahan, M.L., Handy, E.T., Roberts, C.L., Felton, G., Ingram, D., Millner, P.D., Sharma, M. 2014. Evaluation of two immunomagnetic separation techniques for the detection and recovery of E. coli O157:H7 from finished composts. Journal of Food Analytical Methods. doi: 10.1007/s12161-014-0068-4.
Comparison of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Composting Council... Escherichia coli O157:H7 in finished compost Reprint Icon - (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.
Comparative survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7, Salmonella Typhimurium, and Murine Norovirus on spinach plants - (Abstract Only)
Recovery of Escherichia coli O157:H7 by immunomagnetic separation techniques and potential for regrowth in finished composts - (Abstract Only)
The use of lytic bacteriophages to reduce E. coli O157:H7 on fresh cut lettuce introduced through cross-contamination Reprint Icon - (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.