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Biological Sciences

Research project: BioliSME II: Demonstration, validation and preliminary promotion of a commercial prototype speedy system for sampling and detecting Listeria monocytogenes

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Listeria mococytogenes is one of the most important food-borne pathogenic bacteria, having “zero tolerance” in ready-to-eat and dairy foods. It has low incidence but the highest mortality rate (approx. 30% of detected cases) and rapid, efficient monitoring for its presence in food industry surfaces is therefore essential.    

Utilising knowledge of biofilm physiology and pathogen attachment mechanisms, and advances in antibody and fluorescence detection technologies, a novel system for recovering cells and monitoring the contamination levels in industrial food producing plants is being developed. The individual components of the final system have been developed beyond the stage of “proof-of-concept” and the Project Consortium (comprising 4 SMEs and 3 RTD performers) are undertaking to demonstrate, validate and promote (at an exploratory commercial level) the novel assay system for L. mococytogenes.

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Environmental Biosciences
Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

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