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Bacterial Pathogens

The food chain needs to supply safe, nutritious food to an ever-increasing world population whilst addressing unacceptable levels of human illness across the globe caused by bacterial foodborne pathogens.

At the IFR we investigate how bacteria adapt to survive and multiply in the food chain and how they evade our defences to cause disease.

Our research programme focuses on three major foodborne bacterial pathogens of the greatest concern in the UK: Salmonella, Campylobacter and Clostridium botulinum. Salmonella and Campylobacter bacteria are major causes of food poisoning in the UK and worldwide. C. botulinum is responsible for botulism, a severe and deadly disease.

We provide microbiological food safety solutions for industry, for example on extending shelf life, whilst conducting leading edge fundamental research on foodborne pathogenic bacteria.

Enteropathogenic E. coli within the mucus of a human duodenal biopsy

Enteropathogenic E. coli within the mucus of a human duodenal biopsy
Picture by Alistair Walsham (Research Group Stephanie Schuller)