Center for Produce Safety funds 14 new research projects

In an effort to assist reply the recent produce business’s most pressing meals security questions, the Heart for Produce Security (CPS) is funding 14 new analysis tasks, valued at greater than $3.9 million.

These 14 new tasks are geared toward answering business questions on leafy greens manufacturing in managed environments, evaluating and mitigating threat from Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella, and Cyclospora detection. 

Researchers’ proposals had been vetted by business consultants on the CPS Technical Committee and different professional volunteers.

One of many fourteen tasks has already begun and the opposite 13 tasks will start in Nov. 2022 and January 2023. All will plan on being accomplished inside one to 2 years. Findings might be reported to the business by researchers at CPS’s annual Analysis Symposium, and by way of CPS by means of different information switch actions together with summaries posted to CPS’s web site, and month-to-month CPS emails conveying analysis updates.

2022 RFP Grant Recipients:

All tasks will start in January 2023 (*besides as famous)

  • Ana Allende, Ph.D., CEBAS-CSIC

Occurrence and transfer of pathogens from the production environment to leafy greens grown in controlled environment agriculture

  • Alejandro Castillo, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Analysis

Identification of routes and mechanisms for distribution and establishment of Listeria monocytogenes and Listeria spp. in avocado packing environments

*Started in April 2022 

  • Malak Esseili, Ph.D., College of Georgia 

Optimizing methods for the detection and quantification of infectious human norovirus from fresh berries using human intestinal enteroids

  • Kristen Gibson, Ph.D., College of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture

Microbial risks during indoor leafy green production: Current knowledge and future research needs

*Will start in November 2022

  • Asis Khan, Ph.D., USDA Agricultural Analysis Service

A viability assay for Cyclospora and its surrogates Eimeria

  • Jenny Maloney, Ph.D., USDA Agricultural Analysis Service 

Development of an infrared-functionalized microbalance sensor for Cyclospora cayetanensis detection and differentiation 

  • Channah Rock, Ph.D., College of Arizona 

Microbiological risk assessment using QMRA in preharvest agriculture water treatment systems for leafy greens

  • Matthew Stasiewicz, Ph.D., College of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

Flexible risk process models to quantify residual risks and the impact of interventions

  • Laura Strawn, Ph.D., Virginia Tech 

A metagenomic approach to food safety risk mitigation in pears 

  • Pilar Truchado Gambao, Ph.D., CEBAS-CSIC 

Evidence for the industrial application of bacteriophages to control Listeria monocytogenes in leafy greens

  • Mohit Verma, Ph.D., Purdue College 

Testbeds for microbial source tracking using microfluidic paper-based analytical devices

  • Qixin Zhong, Ph.D., College of Tennessee 

Supplementing food antimicrobials in commercial edible coatings to enhance the safety and extend the shelf-life of stone fruits

  • Meijun Zhu, Ph.D., Washington State College 

Control of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes on peaches through spray-bar brush bed sanitizer intervention

  • Meijun Zhu, Ph.D., Washington State College

Interaction of resident microbiome and Listeria on pears during cold storage

CPS’s analysis program is made attainable by funds supplied by the Heart for Produce Security’s Marketing campaign Contributors, the Specialty Crop Block Grant packages in California Division of Meals and Agriculture, Washington State Division of Agriculture, Florida Division of Agriculture and Client Providers, and Texas Division of Agriculture.

About CPS: The Heart for Produce Security (CPS) is a 501(c)(3), U.S. tax-exempt, charitable group centered solely on offering the produce business and authorities with open entry to the actionable info wanted to repeatedly improve the protection of recent produce.

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