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Food Microbiology

Monika Grzegorczyk, Barbara Żarowska, Cristina Restuccia, Gabriella Cirvilleri
The antagonistic effects of Debaryomyces hansenii KI2a, D. hansenii MI1a and Wickerhamomyces anomalus BS91 were tested against Monilinia fructigena and Monilinia fructicola in in vitro and in vivo trials. All yeast strains demonstrated antifungal activity at different levels depending on species, strain and pathogen. D hansenii KI2a and W. anomalus BS91 showed the highest biocontrol activity in vitro; the production of hydrolytic enzymes, killer toxins and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were hypothesized as their main mechanisms of action against pathogens...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Pan Li, Weifeng Lin, Xiong Liu, Xiaowen Wang, Xing Gan, Lixin Luo, Wei-Tie Lin
Daqu, a traditional fermentation starter that is used for Chinese liquor and vinegar production, is still manufactured through a traditional spontaneous solid-state fermentation process with no selected microorganisms are intentionally inoculated. The aim of this work was to analyze the microbiota dynamics during the solid-state fermentation process of Daqu using a traditional and bioaugmented inoculation with autochthonous of Bacillus, Pediococcus, Saccharomycopsis and Wickerhamomyces at an industrial scale...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Gwang Il Jang, Gahee Kim, Chung Yeon Hwang, Byung Cheol Cho
Prokaryotes were extracted from skates and fermented skates purchased from fish markets and a local manufacturer in South Korea. The prokaryotic community composition of skates and fermented skates was investigated using 16S rRNA pyrosequencing. The ranges for pH and salinity of the grinded tissue extract from fermented skates were 8.4-8.9 and 1.6-6.6%, respectively. Urea and ammonia concentrations were markedly low and high, respectively, in fermented skates compared to skates. Species richness was increased in fermented skates compared to skates...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
F Cardoso-Toset, I Luque, A Morales-Partera, A Galán-Relaño, B Barrero-Domínguez, M Hernández, J Gómez-Laguna
Dry-cured hams, shoulders and loins of Iberian pigs are highly appreciated in national and international markets. Salting, additive addition and dehydration are the main strategies to produce these ready-to-eat products. Although the dry curing process is known to reduce the load of well-known food borne pathogens, studies evaluating the viability of other microorganisms in contaminated pork have not been performed. In this work, the efficacy of the dry curing process to eliminate three swine pathogens associated with pork carcass condemnation, Streptococcus suis, Streptococcus dysgalactiae and Trueperella pyogenes, was evaluated...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Huibin Chen, Meiying Wang, Xiangzhi Lin, Caihua Shi, Zhiyu Liu
As filter-feeding bivalves, oysters can accumulate microorganisms into their gills, causing spoilage and potential safety issues. This study aims to investigate the changes in the gill microbiota of oysters packed under air and modified atmospheres (MAs, 50% CO2: 50% N2, 70% CO2: 30% O2, and 50% CO2: 50% O2) during storage at 4 °C. The diversity of bacterial microbiota in oyster gills was profiled through polymerase chain reaction-denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (PCR-DGGE) analysis on the 16S rRNA gene V3 region to describe the variation during the entire storage period...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Rachael Reid, Séamus Fanning, Paul Whyte, Joe Kerry, Roland Lindqvist, Zhongyi Yu, Declan Bolton
The primary objective of this study was to characterise (microbiology and physical parameters) beef carcasses and primals during chilled storage. A minor aim was to compare observed growth of key spoilage bacteria on carcasses with that predicted by ComBase and the Food Safety Spoilage Predictor (FSSP). Total viable count (TVC), total Enterobacteriacae count (TEC), Pseudomonas spp., lactic acid bacteria (LAB), Brochothrix thermosphacta and Clostridium spp. were monitored on beef carcasses (n = 30) and primals (n = 105) during chilled storage using EC Decision 2001/471/EC and ISO sampling/laboratory procedures...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Anna Roccato, Mieke Uyttendaele, Federica Barrucci, Veronica Cibin, Michela Favretti, Andrea Cereser, Marta Dal Cin, Alessandra Pezzuto, Alessia Piovesana, Alessandra Longo, Elena Ramon, Stefano De Rui, Antonia Ricci
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February 2017: Food Microbiology
Ewelina Stefanovic, Gerald Fitzgerald, Olivia McAuliffe
The Lactobacillus genus represents the largest and most diverse genera of all the lactic acid bacteria (LAB), encompassing species with applications in industrial, biotechnological and medical fields. The increasing number of available Lactobacillus genome sequences has allowed understanding of genetic and metabolic potential of this LAB group. Pangenome and core genome studies are available for numerous species, demonstrating the plasticity of the Lactobacillus genomes and providing the evidence of niche adaptability...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Mar Margalef-Català, Elena Stefanelli, Isabel Araque, Karoline Wagner, Giovanna E Felis, Albert Bordons, Sandra Torriani, Cristina Reguant
The thioredoxin system protects against oxidative stress through the reversible oxidation of the thioredoxin active center dithiol to a disulphide. The genome of Oenococcus oeni PSU-1 contains three thioredoxin genes (trxA1, trxA2, trxA3), one thioredoxin reductase (trxB) and one ferredoxin reductase (fdr) which, until recently, was annotated as a second thioredoxin reductase. For the first time, the entire thioredoxin system in several O. oeni strains isolated from wine has been analysed. Comparisons at the DNA and protein levels have been undertaken between sequences from O...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Alessandra Martorana, Antonio Alfonzo, Raimondo Gaglio, Luca Settanni, Onofrio Corona, Francesco La Croce, Paola Vagnoli, Tiziano Caruso, Giancarlo Moschetti, Nicola Francesca
The main objective was to set up a methodology to improve the high volume production of green table olives, cv. Nocellara del Belice. Lactobacillus pentosus OM13 was applied during three different industrial processes of table olives as follows: trial one (IOP1) was subjected to an addition of lactic acid until a brine level of pH 7.0 was reached; trial two (IOP2) subjected to same addition of lactic acid as in trial one plus nutrient adjuvant and trial three (IOP3) subjected to same addition as trial two, but with the strain L...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Marta H Taniwaki, Jens C Frisvad, Larissa S Ferranti, Aline de Souza Lopes, Thomas O Larsen, Maria Helena P Fungaro, Beatriz T Iamanaka
A total of 172 Brazil nut samples (114 in shell and 58 shelled) from the Amazon rainforest region and São Paulo state, Brazil was collected at different stages of the Brazil nut production chain: rainforest, street markets, processing plants and supermarkets. The mycobiota of the Brazil nut samples were evaluated and also compared in relation to water activity. A huge diversity of Aspergillus and Penicillium species were found, besides Eurotium spp., Zygomycetes and dematiaceous fungi. A polyphasic approach using morphological and physiological characteristics, as well as molecular and extrolite profiles, were studied to distinguish species among the more important toxigenic ones in Aspergillus section Flavi and A...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
P Domizio, Y Liu, L F Bisson, D Barile
The present work demonstrates that yeasts belonging to the Schizosaccharomyces genus release a high quantity of polysaccharides of cell wall origin starting from the onset of the alcoholic fermentation. By the end of the alcoholic fermentation, all of the Schizosaccharomyces yeast strains released a quantity of polysaccharides approximately 3-7 times higher than that released by a commercial Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast strain under the same fermentative conditions of synthetic juice. A higher content of polysaccharide was found in media fermented by Schizosaccharomyces japonicus with respect to that of Schizosaccharomyces pombe...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Stefania Carpino, Cinzia L Randazzo, Alessandra Pino, Nunziatina Russo, Teresa Rapisarda, Gianni Belvedere, Cinzia Caggia
The objectives of the present study were to characterize the biofilm microbiota of 11 different farms (from A to K), producing PDO Ragusano cheese, and to investigate on its ability to generate volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in milk samples inoculated with biofilm and incubated under Ragusano cheese making conditions. The biofilms were subjected to plate counting and PCR/T/DGGE analysis and the VOCs generated in incubated milk samples were evaluated through SmartNose, GC/O, and GC/MS. Streptococcus thermophilus was the dominant species both in biofilms and in incubated milks...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Amy Huei Teen Teh, Sui Mae Lee, Gary A Dykes
Campylobacter jejuni survival in aerobic environments has been suggested to be mediated by biofilm formation. Biofilm formation by eight C. jejuni strains under both aerobic and microaerobic conditions in different broths (Mueller-Hinton (MH), Bolton and Brucella) was quantified. The dissolved oxygen (DO) content of the broths under both incubation atmospheres was determined. Biofilm formation for all strains was highest in MH broth under both incubation atmospheres. Four strains had lower biofilm formation in MH under aerobic as compared to microaerobic incubation, while biofilm formation by the other four strains did not differ under the 2 atm...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Catherine Hennechart-Collette, Sandra Martin-Latil, Audrey Fraisse, Sylvie Perelle
Noroviruses (NoV) are currently the most common cause of viral foodborne diseases and RT-qPCR is widely used for their detection in food because of its sensitivity, specificity and rapidity. The ISO/TS (15216-1, 15216-2) procedures for detecting NoV and HAV in high-risk food categories such as shellfish, bottled water and vegetables were published in 2013. Milk products are less implicated in foodborne viral outbreaks but they can be contaminated with fruit added to these products or by the food handler. Thus, the development of sensitive and reliable techniques for the detection of NoV in dairy products is needed to ensure the safety of these products...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Carla Pereira, Catarina Moreirinha, Luís Teles, Rui J M Rocha, Ricardo Calado, Jesús L Romalde, Maria L Nunes, Adelaide Almeida
The present study investigated the potential application of the bacteriophage (or phage) phT4A, ECA2 and the phage cocktail phT4A/ECA2 to decrease the concentration of Escherichia coli during the depuration of natural and artificially contaminated cockles. Depuration in static seawater at multiplicity of infection (MOI) of 1 with single phage suspensions of phT4A and ECA2 was the best condition, as it decreased by ∼2.0 log CFU/g the concentration of E. coli in artificially contaminated cockles after a 4 h of treatment...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Yaoxin Huang, Mu Ye, Xinang Cao, Haiqiang Chen
Pulsed light (PL) inactivation of two human norovirus (HuNoV) surrogates, murine norovirus (MNV-1) and Tulane virus (TV), and two bacterial pathogens, Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella, were evaluated. The viruses and bacteria were suspended in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) to final populations of ∼6 log PFU/mL and ∼6 log CFU/mL, respectively. Both viral and bacterial suspensions were then irradiated by PL for different durations and the reductions of each microorganisms were determined. MNV-1 and TV were significantly (P < 0...
February 2017: Food Microbiology
Marta Ávila, Natalia Gómez-Torres, David Delgado, Pilar Gaya, Sonia Garde
In this study we evaluated the application of different high pressure (HP) treatments (200-500 MPa at 14 °C for 10 min) to industrial sized semi-hard cheeses on day 7, with the aim of controlling two Clostridium tyrobutyricum strains causing butyric acid fermentation and cheese late blowing defect (LBD). Clostridium metabolism and LBD appearance in cheeses were monitored by sensory (cheese swelling, cracks/splits, off-odours) and instrumental analyses (organic acids by HPLC and volatile compounds by SPME/GC-MS) after 60 days...
December 2016: Food Microbiology
Lucia Rizzotti, Franca Rossi, Sandra Torriani
In this study nine strains of Enterococcus faecalis and 12 strains of Enterococcus faecium, isolated from different sample types in the swine meat chain and previously characterized for the presence of antibiotic resistance genes, were examined for phenotypic tolerance to seven biocides (chlorexidine, benzalkonium chloride, triclosan, sodium hypochlorite, 2-propanol, formaldehyde and hydrogen peroxide) and resistance to nine antibiotics (ampicillin, vancomycin, gentamicin, kanamycin, streptomycin, erythromycin, clindamycin, tetracycline and chloramphenicol)...
December 2016: Food Microbiology
Amparo Gamero, Raquel Quintilla, Marizeth Groenewald, Wynand Alkema, Teun Boekhout, Lucie Hazelwood
Saccharomyces yeast species are currently the most important yeasts involved in industrial-scale food fermentations. However, there are hundreds of other yeast species poorly studied that are highly promising for flavour development, some of which have also been identified in traditional food fermentations. This work explores natural yeast biodiversity in terms of aroma formation, with a particular focus on aromas relevant for industrial fermentations such as wine and beer. Several non-Saccharomyces species produce important aroma compounds such as fusel alcohols derived from the Ehrlich pathway, acetate esters and ethyl esters in significantly higher quantities than the well-known Saccharomyces species...
December 2016: Food Microbiology
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