Summary of Awards to Date

Interactions of Salmonella Enterica and E.Coli O157:H7 with protozoa from fresh produce.

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Date

Sep. 1, 2007 - Aug. 31, 2009

Award Number

TENR-2007-03116

Funding Agency

USDA - CSREES

Amount Awarded

$400,000.00

Investigator

Sharon Berk, Ph.D.
Tennessee Tech University

Summary

Fresh produce is one of the most important vehicles of food-borne illness, yet one of the most crucial questions that emerges from outbreaks is how the human pathogens survive the harsh environmental conditions on produce in the field and the sanitizer treatments. The purpose of this study is to understand how protozoa may influence the survival and virulence of enteric pathogens associated with produce.