Summary of Awards to Date

Biophysical and ecological processes impacting the growth and survival of E. Coli O157 on and in vegetables.

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Date

Sep. 15, 2006 - Sep. 14, 2009

Award Number

OHO00993-SS

Funding Agency

Center for Produce Safety

Amount Awarded

$537,816.00

Investigator

Jeffery LeJeune, Ph.D.
Ohio State University

Co-Investigator(s)

Lee, K.; Miller, S.; Funk, J.; Johnson, T.

Summary

Fresh fruits and vegetables are an increasing source of foodborne disease. Factors that impact the survival of pathogenic bacteria on and in fruits and vegetables are poorly understood. This project explores the interaction between the human pathogen E. coli O157 and other bacteria that can normally be found on plant surfaces, including those bacteria that cause diseases of plants. the purpose of this project is to identify ways to make E. coli O157 and other pathogens less likely to contaminate and survive on fruits and vegetables.