Development of bacteriophages for the detection of E. coli O157:H7 and other pathogenic bacteria in food.

Investigator: Bruce Applegate (Department of Food Science)

Project Report 2011 - 2012

Project Description:

Bacteriophages are viruses that are only able to infect bacteria. The goal of this project is to have the bacteriophage produce and emit light when they have infected a target bacterium. The light can then be detected to rapidly identify if a harmful pathogenic bacteria, such as E. coli O157:H7, was present in a food sample.

Project Highlight:

This technology does not require new sample preparation procedures or complicated concentration schemes. By integrating into existing food safety laboratory procedures, and with an estimated cost of 11 cents per assay, it is a cost effective means of detecting pathogenic bacteria in a food sample.

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