Understanding the structure and function of biofilms is essential for developing effective strategies to control microbial biofilm formation, mitigate biofilm-related risks, and harness the beneficial properties of biofilms for various applications.
A recent study reviewed the efficacy of environmentally friendly pathogen inactivation methods against Listeria monocytogenes biofilms in food production environments, specifically, electrolyzed water, plasma-activated water, ozone, and enzymes.
A recent studyhas demonstrated the efficacy of antimicrobial blue light technology for the inactivation of both dried cells and biofilms of Listeria monocytogenes on surfaces found in food processing environments.
Ongoing research funded by the Center for Produce Safety aims to evaluate the efficacy of commercially available sanitizers against common foodborne pathogens and biofilms encountered during tree fruit harvesting, and then conduct a validation study of the best-performing treatments at commercial facilities.
The LmRNA project will explore the genetic and physiological responses of Listeria monocytogenes biofilms to dairy environment conditions to support the development of improved strategies for preventing antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Recent studies have found that microplastics and nanoplastics move upward through the food chain and land in the human gut, and have also demonstrated the ability of the particles to encourage biofilm formation, harbor pathogens, and affect microbial growth in ways that may affect human health.
A recent study is one of the first to explore the interactions between rotavirus, hepatitis A, and norovirus with biofilms comprising spoilage bacteria and lactic acid bacteria on plastic, stainless steel, and glass surfaces.
A recent study has expanded upon the available knowledge about Arcobacter, an emerging foodborne pathogen that causes human illness, revealing findings related to Arcobacter’s food sources, virulence and biofilm formation traits, and genetic characterization.