Molecular Detection of Foodborne Pathogens

1st Edition

Dongyou Liu

CRC Press
Published July 28, 2009
Reference - 905 Pages - 74 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781420076431 - CAT# 76434

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Summary

While the vast majority of our food supplies are nutritious and safe, foodborne pathogen-related illness still affects millions of people each year. Large outbreaks of foodborne diseases — such as the recent salmonella outbreak linked to various peanut butter products — continue to be reported with alarming frequency.

All-Encompassing Guide to Detection Techniques

One of the most effective ways to control and prevent human foodborne infections is to implement a pathogen surveillance system. Addressing the biology, epidemiology, and pathogenesis of more than 60 microorganisms, Molecular Detection of Foodborne Pathogens demonstrates how to implement a surveillance system that uses state-of-the-art molecular techniques to quickly detect and identify bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic pathogens concerned.

Included in each chapter:

  • Concise review of the selected pathogen in respect to its biology, epidemiology, and pathogenesis
  • Summary of molecular detection methods available
  • Description of clinical/food sample collection and preparation procedures
  • Selection of robust, effective, step-by-step detection protocols
  • Discussion of the current challenges and ongoing research needs to further extend utility and performance of molecular diagnostic methods

With proven, ready-to-use protocols (including commercial kits), this globally pertinent resource demonstrates how speedy and effective detection methods can lead to more lives saved and a consistently safe, quality, and trustworthy food supply.

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