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PLantinfect – Colonization of the plant by Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica

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2015 - 2018

Fruit and vegetables are healthy. A major contribution to this comes from microorganisms associated with plants.

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- Justus Liebig Universität Giessen; Institut für Phytopathologie und Angewandte Zoologie
Gießen
Germany
- Universität Osnabrück, Abteilung Mikrobiologie
Osnabrück
Germany
- Universität Hohenheim (Stuttgart), Institut für Lebensmittelwissenschaft und Biotechnologie
Stuttgart
Germany

However, fruits and vegetables, when contaminated with human pathogens (HP) may cause food poisoning. In exceptional cases a contamination of fruits and vegetables with HP such as E. coli und S. enterica are possible. Within the frame of the project the influence of the soil type and the application of organic fertilizers on colonization of plants with HP and their distribution in the plants will be studied. These kind of studies required the establishment of specific detection methods for HP in plant and soil samples. These methods will also allow the evaluation of viability of HP in the soil. The project is supported by the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food.

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