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Research Project: Glucosinolate-derived Compounds as a Green Manure for Controlling Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella in Soil

Location: Environmental Microbial & Food Safety Laboratory

Project Number: 1245-32420-005-44-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Feb 11, 2013
End Date: Feb 20, 2014

The objective is to determine the glucosinolates content of different cultivars of broccoli grown in greenhouses, and investigate the persistence of enteric pathogens (surrogate strains) in soil tilled over with green manure (remnant crop after broccoli harvest) containing GSL-derived compounds.

To determine the antimicrobial activity of glucosinolate (GSL)-derived compounds in vitro against enteric pathogens. Five cultivars of broccoli will be grown in high tunnels and after harvest crop remnants will be analyzed for GSL-derived compounds. The cultivar with the greatest antimicrobial activity which is also economically feasible to growers will be used to investigate the persistence of pathogens in soil tilled over with green manure containing GSL-derived compounds. After the broccoli harvest, soil will be inoculated with attenuated green fluorescent protein (gfp) -expressing strains of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella and tilled over with broccoli crop remnants as a green manure in soil. Soil devoid of green manure but inoculated with Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella will serve as control. Samples from control and green-manure treated soils will be collected weekly for 12 weeks and analyzed for surviving populations of enteric pathogens E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella using molecular assays and Confocal microscopy. The results from this study will provide a practical method for biocontrol of enteric pathogens in soil, thereby reducing potential produce-associated outbreak or massive produce recall.

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