Foodborne Pathogen Strategy: Know Thy Enemy

Understanding the growth conditions of Listeria monocytogenes is the first step towards controlling the pathogen.

Understanding the growth conditions of Listeria monocytogenes is the first step towards controlling the pathogen.

Foodborne pathogens pose a threat to public health.  To develop countermeasures to contamination, you first have to know the characteristics of the pathogen.  How does it respond to pH, temperature, salt, and lactic acid, for example?  That’s the question asked by researchers from the School of Agricultural Science at the University of Tasmania about the pathogenic microbe Listeria monocytogenes.  The idea is to take the understanding of the bacteria and apply that to develop food management practices.  To control the conditions for bacterial growth, a laboratory incubator is the tool of choice.

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About Bob Sandor

Bob began working as a chemist in 1987 and remains a science geek to this day. After his PhD he worked on the bench in materials and inorganic chemistry for 10 years. He then took on a love for marketing and sales. He combined his passion for science and business and took entrepreneur general management positions in large corporations like Hoecsht Celanese now Sanofi Aventis, Bel-Art and Smiths Detection. There he learned what it would take to run a business and finally Tovatech was co-founded in 2006. Bob’s hobbies include playing, listening and composing music, skiing, working out, the internet and all things science. Read More