Summary of Awards to Date

Biofilm inactivation and removal using micellar encapsulated antimicrobials.

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Jul. 1, 2007 - Jun. 30, 2009

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Center for Produce Safety

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Jochen Weiss, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts


McLandsborough, L.


Surface growth of pathogens on food and food processing equipment leading to the formation of biofilms poses an extremely serious problem in the food and agriultural industry. The purpose of this study is to develop antimicrobial/carrier combinations that can effectively destroy and remove pathogenic biofilms. In the process, we expect to learn much more about the mechanism of action of disinfectants and cleaners to combat biofilms.