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J Appl Bacteriol. 1993 Jan;74(1):86-93.

The effect of slurry storage and anaerobic digestion on survival of pathogenic bacteria.

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School of Biology and Biochemistry, Queen's University of Belfast, Medical Biology Centre, Northern Ireland, UK.


The decline in viable numbers of Salmonella typhimurium, Yersinia enterocolitica and Listeria monocytogene in beef cattle slurry is temperature-dependent; they decline more rapidly at 17 degrees C than at 4 degrees C. Mesophilic anaerobic digestion caused an initial rapid decline in the viable numbers of Escherichia coli, Salm. typhimurium, Y. enterocolitica and L. monocytogenes. This was followed by a period in which the viable numbers were not reduced by 90%. The T90 values of E. coli, Salm. typhimurium and Y. enterocolitica ranged from 0.7 to 0.9 d during batch digestion and 1.1 to 2.5 d during semi-continuous digestion. Listeria monocytogenes had a significantly higher mean T90 value during semi-continuous digestion (35.7 d) than batch digestion (12.3 d). Anaerobic digestion had little effect in reducing the viable numbers of Campylobacter jejuni.

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