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Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) image of Salmonella (Image: Kathryn Cross, IFR)

Synchronising Salmonella’s infection strategy

Research on improving food safety is an integral part of the GHFS Programme, a strategic programme funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium (S. Typhimurium) is a major pathogen of animals and man in both industrial and developing nations. Part of what makes this pathogen so successful is its […]

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False coloured scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of Campylobacter cells attached to chicken juice on a glass slide. Image: Louise Salt, IFR with colouring by Kathryn Cross, IFR

FSA release new Campylobacter data

FSA has released the latest data from their Campylobacter retail survey. This 12-month survey, running from February 2014 to February 2015, is looking at the prevalence and levels of Campylobacter contamination on fresh whole chilled chickens and their packaging. The survey is testing 4,000 samples of whole chickens bought from UK retail outlets and smaller […]

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Spore today cells tomorrow : awakening Clostridium Botulinum spore from dormancy

A recently published IFR paper in PLOS Pathogens describes evidence for two functionally active germination receptors in Clostridium botulinum which act in synergy and cannot function individually, and a related functionally active germination receptor in Clostridium sporogenes. Here, Dr Jason Brunt, an IFR scientist working in Professor Mike Peck’s research group within the GHFS Research […]

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