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Bacterial colonization and biofilm development on minimally processed vegetables

I Carmichael, IS Harper, MJ Coventry, PWJ Taylor, J Wan, MW Hickey

JOURNAL OF APPLIED MICROBIOLOGY | BLACKWELL SCIENCE LTD | Published : 1999

Abstract

Bacterial biofilms have been observed and reported on food and food-processing surfaces and can contribute to increased risks for product quality and food safety. The colonization of fruit and vegetables by pectynolitic bacteria like Pseudonomas fluorescens attributable to conditions such as soft rot, can also manifest as biofilms. A developed biofilm structure can provide a protective environment for pathogens such as Listeria monocytogenes reducing the effectiveness of sanitisers and other inhibitory agents. Understanding the colonization of bacteria on leaf surfaces is essential to the development of a better understanding of the leaf ecology of vegetable products. Studies of microbial co..

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