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Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2016 Feb;37:182-189. doi: 10.1016/j.copbio.2015.12.008. Epub 2016 Jan 11.

A new perspective on microbial landscapes within food production.

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1
Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616,United States; Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616,United States; Foods for Health Institute, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, United States.
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Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616,United States; Foods for Health Institute, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, United States.
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Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616,United States.
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Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616,United States; Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis, CA 95616,United States; Foods for Health Institute, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, United States. Electronic address: damills@ucdavis.edu.

Abstract

High-throughput, 'next-generation' sequencing tools offer many exciting new possibilities for food research. From investigating microbial dynamics within food fermentations to the ecosystem of the food-processing built environment, amplicon sequencing, metagenomics, and transcriptomics present novel applications for exploring microbial communities in, on, and around our foods. This review discusses the many uses of these tools for food-related and food facility-related research and highlights where they may yield nuanced insight into the microbial world of food production systems.

PMID:
26773388
PMCID:
PMC4913695
DOI:
10.1016/j.copbio.2015.12.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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