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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223995/synergistic-action-of-a-microbial-based-biostimulant-and-a-plant-derived-protein-hydrolysate-enhances-lettuce-tolerance-to-alkalinity-and-salinity
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Youssef Rouphael, Mariateresa Cardarelli, Paolo Bonini, Giuseppe Colla
In the coming years, farmers will have to deal with growing crops under suboptimal conditions dictated by global climate changes. The application of plant biostimulants such as beneficial microorganisms and plant-derived protein hydrolysates (PHs) may represent an interesting approach for increasing crop tolerance to alkalinity and salinity. The current research aimed at elucidating the agronomical, physiological, and biochemical effects as well as the changes in mineral composition of greenhouse lettuce (Lactuca sativa L...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223184/aphid-transmission-of-lettuce-necrotic-leaf-curl-virus-a-member-of-a-tentative-new-subgroup-within-the-genus-torradovirus
#2
Martin Verbeek, Annette M Dullemans, René A A van der Vlugt
Lettuce necrotic leaf curl virus (LNLCV) was described as the first non-tomato-infecting member of the genus Torradovirus. Until today, the virus was found only in The Netherlands in two different areas in open field crops of lettuce. In 2015, LNLCV was accepted by the ICTV as a new member of the genus Torradovirus. The tomato-infecting (TI) torradoviruses Tomato torrado virus (ToTV), Tomato marchitez virus (ToMarV) and Tomato chocolàte virus (ToChV) are transmitted by at least three whitefly species in a semi-persistent and stylet-borne manner...
February 18, 2017: Virus Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221988/prevalence-and-phylogenetic-characterization-of-escherichia-coli-and-hygiene-indicator-bacteria-isolated-from-leafy-green-produce-beef-and-pork-obtained-from-farmers-markets-in-pennsylvania
#3
Joshua A Scheinberg, Edward G Dudley, Jonathan Campbell, Beth Roberts, Michael DiMarzio, Chitrita DebRoy, Catherine N Cutter
The popularity of farmers' markets in the United States has led to over 8,400 farmers' markets being in operation in 2015. As farmers' markets have increased in size and complexity in the kinds of foods sold at these venues, so have the potential food safety risks. Since 2008, seven major foodborne illness outbreaks and two recalls associated with food products from farmers' markets have occurred, causing 80 known reported illnesses and one death. Various researchers also have observed vendors performing high-risk food safety retail behaviors, and others have identified microbiological hazards in foods sold at farmers' markets...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221984/postharvest-reduction-of-coliphage-ms2-from-romaine-lettuce-during-simulated-commercial-processing-with-and-without-a-chlorine-based-sanitizer
#4
Samantha L Wengert, Tiong Gim Aw, Elliot T Ryser, Joan B Rose
Viral foodborne outbreaks are a serious threat to public health, and fresh produce is becoming increasingly recognized as a transmission vehicle. To limit foodborne disease, ready-to-eat leafy greens are typically washed with a chlorine-based sanitizer during commercial production. This study assessed the efficacy of a chlorine-based sanitizer against coliphage MS2, as a potential surrogate for foodborne viruses, on fresh-cut romaine lettuce during simulated commercial production using a small-scale processing line...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221978/quantitative-microbial-risk-assessment-for-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-in-fresh-cut-lettuce
#5
Hao Pang, Elisabetta Lambertini, Robert L Buchanan, Donald W Schaffner, Abani K Pradhan
Leafy green vegetables, including lettuce, are recognized as potential vehicles for foodborne pathogens such as Escherichia coli O157:H7. Fresh-cut lettuce is potentially at high risk of causing foodborne illnesses, as it is generally consumed without cooking. Quantitative microbial risk assessments (QMRAs) are gaining more attention as an effective tool to assess and control potential risks associated with foodborne pathogens. This study developed a QMRA model for E. coli O157:H7 in fresh-cut lettuce and evaluated the effects of different potential intervention strategies on the reduction of public health risks...
February 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221875/inactivation-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-and-aerobic-microorganisms-in-romaine-lettuce-packaged-in-a-commercial-polyethylene-terephthalate-container-using-atmospheric-cold-plasma
#6
Sea C Min, Si Hyeon Roh, Glenn Boyd, Joseph E Sites, Joseph Uknalis, Xuetong Fan, Brendan A Niemira
The effects of dielectric barrier discharge atmospheric cold plasma (DACP) treatment on the inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and aerobic microorganisms in romaine lettuce packaged in a conventional commercial plastic container were evaluated during storage at 4°C for 7 days. Effects investigated included the color, carbon dioxide (CO2) generation, weight loss, and surface morphology of the lettuce during storage. Romaine lettuce pieces, with or without inoculation with a cocktail of three strains of E...
January 2017: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221853/is-there-a-relation-between-the-microscopic-leaf-morphology-and-the-association-of-salmonella-and-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-with-iceberg-lettuce-leaves
#7
Inge VAN der Linden, Markus Eriksson, Mieke Uyttendaele, Frank Devlieghere
To prevent contamination of fresh produce with enteric pathogens, more insight into mechanisms that may influence the association of these pathogens with fresh produce is needed. In this study, Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella were chosen as model pathogens, and fresh cut iceberg lettuce was chosen as a model fresh produce type. The morphological structure of iceberg lettuce leaves (stomatal density and length of cell margins per leaf area) was quantified by means of leaf peels and light microscopy of leaves at different stages of development (outer, middle, and inner leaves of the crop) on both leaf sides (abaxial and adxial) and in three leaf regions (top, center, and bottom)...
October 2016: Journal of Food Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213024/sanitizer-efficacy-in-preventing-cross-contamination-of-heads-of-lettuce-during-retail-crisping
#8
Yangjin Jung, Hyein Jang, Mengqi Guo, Jingwen Gao, Karl R Matthews
This study was conducted to provide information regarding mitigation of cross-contamination through the use of sanitizer during crisping at retail outlets. Seven non-inoculated heads and one inoculated head (≈5 log CFU/g) of lettuce were placed into commercial sink filled with 76 L of tap water (TW), electrolyzed water (EW, free chlorine: 43 ± 6 ppm), lactic acid and phosphoric acid-based sanitizer (LPA, pH 2.89), or citric acid-based sanitizer (CA, pH 2.78) and soaked for 5 min. Two subsequent batches (eight non-inoculated heads per batch) were soaked in the same solution...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213015/lettuce-and-fruits-as-a-source-of-multidrug-resistant-acinetobacter-spp
#9
Ana Carvalheira, Joana Silva, Paula Teixeira
The role of ready-to-eat products as a reservoir of pathogenic species of Acinetobacter remains unclear. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the presence of Acinetobacter species in lettuces and fruits marketed in Portugal, and their susceptibility to antimicrobials. Acinetobacter spp. were isolated from 77.9% of the samples and these microorganisms were also found as endophytes (i.e. present within the plant tissue) in 12 of 20 samples of lettuces analysed. Among 253 isolates that were identified as belonging to this genus, 181 presented different PFGE profiles, representing different strains...
June 2017: Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212386/comparison-of-theoretical-and-experimental-values-for-plant-uptake-of-pesticide-from-soil
#10
Jeong-In Hwang, Sung-Eun Lee, Jang-Eok Kim
Pesticides that persist in soils may be taken up by the roots of plants. One way to assess plant uptake is to theoretically predict the extent of plant uptake using a mathematical model. In this study, a model was developed to predict plant uptake of pesticide residues in soils using various parameters, such as pesticide mobility within soil, plant transpiration stream, root-soil transfer rate, plant growth, and pesticide dissipation in either soils or plants. The accuracy of the model was evaluated by comparing the modeled concentrations with measured uptake concentrations of chlorpyrifos (CP) in lettuce, grown on treated soils with concentrations of approximately 10 and 20 mg kg-1 CP...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188636/fluorescence-hyperspectral-imaging-technique-for-foreign-substance-detection-on-fresh-cut-lettuce
#11
Changyeun Mo, Giyoung Kim, Moon S Kim, Jongguk Lim, Hyunjeong Cho, Jinyoung Yang Barnaby, Byoung-Kwan Cho
BACKGROUND: Nondestructive methods based on fluorescence hyperspectral imaging (HSI) techniques were developed to detect worms on fresh-cut lettuce. The optimal wavebands for detecting the worms were investigated using the one-way ANOVA and correlation analyses. RESULTS: The worm detection imaging algorithms, RSI-I(492-626)/492 , provided a prediction accuracy of 99.0%. The fluorescence HSI techniques indicated that the spectral images with a pixel size of 1 × 1 mm had the best classification accuracy for worms...
February 11, 2017: Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178594/the-effects-of-fluoride-based-fire-fighting-foams-on-soil-microbiota-activity-and-plant-growth-during-natural-attenuation-of-perfluorinated-compounds
#12
Renato Nallin Montagnolli, Paulo Renato Matos Lopes, Jaqueline Matos Cruz, Elis Marina Turini Claro, Gabriela Mercuri Quiterio, Ederio Dino Bidoia
The use of fluoride based foams increases the effectiveness of fire-fighting operations, but they are also accompanied by major drawbacks regarding environmental safety of perfluorinated compounds (PFCs). The main concern with PFCs release is due to their well-known persistence and bioaccumulative potential, as they have been detected in many environmental samples. There is a significant knowledge gap on PFC toxicity to plants, even though such data could be useful towards bioremediation procedures. It is consensus that a realistic assessment of fire-fighting foam toxicity should cover as many test organisms as possible, however, few studies combine the performance of ecotoxicological tests with a detailed study of microbial communities in soil contaminated with firefighting foams...
January 30, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28172969/molecular-biogeography-of-prickly-lettuce-lactuca-serriola-l-shows-traces-of-recent-range-expansion
#13
Luigi D'Andrea, Patrick Meirmans, Clemens van de Wiel, Roberto Guadagnuolo, Robbert van Treuren, Gregor Kozlowski, Hans den Nijs, François Felber
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 1, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170007/lactucaxanthin-a-potential-anti-diabetic-carotenoid-from-lettuce-lactuca-sativa-inhibits-%C3%AE-amylase-and-%C3%AE-glucosidase-activity-in-vitro-and-in-diabetic-rats
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Sowmya Shree Gopal, Magisetty Jhansi Lakshmi, Gurunathan Sharavana, Gunaseelan Sathaiah, Yadahally N Sreerama, Vallikannan Baskaran
Intestinal and pancreatic α-amylase and α-glucosidase inhibitors offer an approach to lower the levels of post-prandial hyperglycemia through the control of dietary starch breakdown in digestion. This study hypothesized that lactucaxanthin (Lxn) in lettuce (Lactuca sativa) inhibits the activity of α-amylase and α-glucosidase. In this study, the interaction of Lxn with α-amylase and α-glucosidase in silico and its inhibitory effect on these enzymes were studied using in vitro and STZ-induced diabetic rat models...
February 7, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28169510/differences-in-internalization-and-growth-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-within-the-apoplast-of-edible-plants-spinach-and-lettuce-compared-with-the-model-species-nicotiana-benthamiana
#15
Kathryn M Wright, Louise Crozier, Jacqueline Marshall, Bernhard Merget, Ashleigh Holmes, Nicola J Holden
Internalization of food-borne bacteria into edible parts of fresh produce plants represents a serious health risk. Therefore, internalization of verocytotoxigenic E. coli O157:H7 isolate Sakai was assessed in two species associated with outbreaks, spinach (Spinacia oleracea) and lettuce (Lactuca sativa) and compared to the model species Nicotiana benthamiana. Internalization occurred in the leaves and roots of spinach and lettuce throughout a 10 day time-course. The plant species, tissue type and inoculum dose all impacted the outcome...
February 7, 2017: Microbial Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161271/soil-thresholds-and-a-decision-tool-to-manage-food-safety-of-crops-grown-in-chlordecone-polluted-soil-in-the-french-west-indies
#16
Florence Clostre, Philippe Letourmy, Magalie Lesueur-Jannoyer
Due to the persistent pollution of soils by an organochlorine, chlordecone (CLD also known as Kepone (©)) in the French West Indies, some crops may be contaminated beyond the European regulatory threshold, the maximum residue limit (MRL). Farmers need to be able to foresee the risk of not complying with the regulatory threshold in each field and for each crop, if not, farmers whose fields are contaminated would have to stop cultivating certain crops in the fields concerned. To help farmers make the right choices, we studied the relationship between contamination of the soil and contamination of crops...
February 1, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159293/determination-of-pesticide-residues-in-leafy-vegetables-at-parts-per-billion-levels-by-a-chemometric-study-using-gc-ecd-in-cameron-highlands-malaysia
#17
Yang Farina, Md Pauzi Abdullah, Nusrat Bibi, Wan Mohd Afiq Wan Mohd Khalik
A simple and sensitive analytical method has been developed employing gas chromatography coupled with electron capture detector (GC-ECD), and validated for screening and quantification of 15 pesticide residues at trace levels in cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuce, celery, spinach, and mustard. The method consists of two steps, first, to determine the significance of each factor by Pareto chart followed by optimization of these significant factors using central composite design (CCD). Minitab statistical software was used for these multivariate experiments for the generation of 2(4-1) design and CCD matrices...
June 1, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153098/oral-tolerance-induction-in-hemophilia-b-dogs-fed-with-transplastomic-lettuce
#18
Roland W Herzog, Timothy C Nichols, Jin Su, Bei Zhang, Alexandra Sherman, Elizabeth P Merricks, Robin Raymer, George Q Perrin, Mattias Häger, Bo Wiinberg, Henry Daniell
Anti-drug antibodies in hemophilia patients substantially complicate treatment. Their elimination through immune tolerance induction (ITI) protocols poses enormous costs, and ITI is often ineffective for factor IX (FIX) inhibitors. Moreover, there is no prophylactic ITI protocol to prevent anti-drug antibody (ADA) formation. Using general immune suppression is problematic. To address this urgent unmet medical need, we delivered antigen bioencapsulated in plant cells to hemophilia B dogs. Commercial-scale production of CTB-FIX fusion expressed in lettuce chloroplasts was done in a hydroponic facility...
February 1, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152978/chloroplast-genome-resources-and-molecular-markers-differentiate-rubber-dandelion-species-from-weedy-relatives
#19
Yingxiao Zhang, Brian J Iaffaldano, Xiaofeng Zhuang, John Cardina, Katrina Cornish
BACKGROUND: Rubber dandelion (Taraxacum kok-saghyz, TK) is being developed as a domestic source of natural rubber to meet increasing global demand. However, the domestication of TK is complicated by its colocation with two weedy dandelion species, Taraxacum brevicorniculatum (TB) and the common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale, TO). TB is often present as a seed contaminant within TK accessions, while TO is a pandemic weed, which may have the potential to hybridize with TK. To discriminate these species at the molecular level, and facilitate gene flow studies between the potential rubber crop, TK, and its weedy relatives, we generated genomic and marker resources for these three dandelion species...
February 2, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28141588/inactivation-of-salmonella-enteritidis-on-lettuces-used-by-minimally-processed-vegetable-industries
#20
Josete Bailardi Silveira, Claudia Titze Hessel, Eduardo Cesar Tondo
INTRODUCTION: Washing and disinfection methods used by minimally processed vegetable industries of Southern Brazil were reproduced in laboratory in order to verify their effectiveness to reduce Salmonella Enteritidis SE86 (SE86) on lettuce. METHODOLOGY: Among the five industries investigated, four carried out washing with potable water followed by disinfection with 200 ppm sodium hypochlorite during different immersion times. RESULTS: The washing procedure alone decreased approximately 1 log CFU/g of SE86 population and immersion times of 1, 2, 5, and 15 minutes in disinfectant solution demonstrated reduction rates ranging from 2...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
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