Understanding Pathogen Behaviour

Understanding Pathogen Behaviour

Virulence, Stress Response and Resistance

1st Edition - July 30, 2005

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  • Editor: M. Griffiths
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781855739536
  • eBook ISBN: 9781845690229

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Description

Pathogens respond dynamically to their environment. Understanding their behaviour is critical both because of evidence of increased resistance to established sanitation and preservation techniques, and because of the increased use of minimal processing technologies which are more vulnerable to the development of resistance. Understanding pathogen behaviour summarises the wealth of recent research and its implications for the food industry.After two introductory chapters on ways of analysing and modelling pathogens, Part one summarises current research on what determines pathogenicity, stress response, adaptation and resistance. Part two reviews the behaviour of particular pathogens, reviewing virulence, stress response and resistance mechanisms in such pathogens as Salmonella, E.coli and Campylobacter. The final part of the book assesses how pathogens react and adapt to particular stresses from heat treatment and the effects of low temperature to the use of disinfectants and sanitisers.With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, Understanding pathogen behaviour is a standard reference for the food industry in ensuring food safety.

Key Features

  • Summarises the wealth of recent research in pathogen behaviour
  • Assesses implications for microbiologists and QA staff in the food industry

Readership

Those in the food industry in charge of ensuring food safety

Table of Contents

  • Part 1 Understanding virulence, stress response and resistance mechanisms: Understanding the behaviour of pathogenic cells: Proteome and metabolome analysis; Mechanistic modelling of pathogen stress response; The development of pathogenicity; Host–pathogen interactions; Factors affecting stress response; Cross-protective effects of bacterial stress; Sublethal injury, pathogen virulence and adaptation; Detecting sublethally-damaged cells. Part 2 Virulence and stress response mechanisms of particular pathogens: Salmonella: Virulence, stress response and resistance; E.coli: Virulence, stress response and resistance; Campylobacter: Stress response and resistance; Bacillus cereus: Factors affecting virulence; Staphylococcus aureus: Pathogenesis and stress response; Vibrio species: Pathogenesis and stress response. Part 3 Pathogen resistance and adaptation to particular stresses: Understanding pathogen survival and resistance in the food chain; Pathogen resistance and adaptation to heat stress; Pathogen resistance and adaptation to emerging technologies; Pathogen resistance and adaptation to natural antimicrobials; Pathogen resistance and adaptation to disinfectants and sanitisers; Pathogen resistance and adaptation to low temperature. Part 4 Appendix: Clostridium; Quorum sensing.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 624
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2005
  • Published: July 30, 2005
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9781855739536
  • eBook ISBN: 9781845690229

About the Editor

M. Griffiths

Mansel Griffiths is Professor of Food Science at the University of Guelph, Canada and Director of the Canadian Research Institute for Food Safety. He is well known for his work on the microbiological safety of food.

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