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Characterisation of Listeria monocytogenes to provide tools to predict biofilm formation during cheese making

Objective

The project is being undertaken in response to the need to control the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the cheese-making dairy. The persistence of L. monocytogenes in this environment will be correlated with its capacity for adaptation to acid and salt and its ability to form biofilm and resist disinfection. Identification of proteins involved in these physiological responses will allow identification of the corresponding gene. The data will be used to formulate advice on control of L. monocytogenes in the dairy. It will also provide tools that will predict the presence of strains with a high capacity to form biofilm in the dairy and hence are likely to become endemic. Finally it will provide evidence for which strain characteristics might be open to blockade as a strategy to prevent or re-move biofilm.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF LEICESTER
Address
University Road
LE1 7RH Leicester
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

INSTITUTO DE CIENCIA APLICADA E TECNOLOGIA DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS DA UNIVERSIDADE DE LISBOA
Portugal
Address
Campo Grande
1749-016 Lisboa
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Ashby Road
Loughborough
NATIONAL LABORATORY FOR ENGINEERING AND INDUSTRIAL TECHNOLOGY
Portugal
Address
Estrada Do Paco Do Lumiar 22
1649-038 Lisboa
UNIVERSIDADE DO ALGARVE
Portugal
Address
Campus De Gambelas
8000 Faro