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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2014 Apr;26:45-9. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2013.09.001. Epub 2013 Sep 25.

Environmental responses and phage susceptibility in foodborne pathogens: implications for improving applications in food safety.

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  • 1Department of Food Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA.
  • 2Department of Food Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA. Electronic address: mw16@cornell.edu.

Abstract

Bacterial foodborne pathogens can rapidly respond to changes in their environment, granting them the ability to survive under a broad range of conditions. In doing so, they undergo physiological alterations that can influence the efficacy of detection and interventions used in the food industry. As bacteriophage-based applications in food safety are gaining traction, it is crucial that we consider the effect the environment can have on phage-host interactions. This review aims to bridge knowledge of the responses of bacterial foodborne pathogens to changing environmental conditions with our understanding of phage-host interactions. An improved understanding of these intersections will aid in the development of bacteriophage-based products for the detection, biocontrol and biosanitation of foodborne pathogens.

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24679257
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10.1016/j.copbio.2013.09.001
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