Researchers are studying hastening enrichment culturing and better preconcentration methods to improve pathogen prevention and control interventions in large-volume poultry processing samples. The underlying question is, can one decrease the amount of time needed to culture a sample, while concurrently capturing more pathogens from larger sample volumes? During FY 2013, the research focused on developing and refining an advanced enrichment reactor that provides multiple exposures of these larger sample volumes using both broth enrichment and direct plating. Future work will continue to explore reactor designs and configurations for increasing cell capture capabilities while examining the potential for embedding sensors for direct detection.
Project Contact: John Pierson