Sep. 1, 2007 - Aug. 31, 2009Award Number
USDA - CSREESAmount Awarded
Sharon Berk, Ph.D.
Tennessee Tech University
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.