Biofilms in the Food EnvironmentAuthor: Hans P. Blaschek (Editor), Hua H. Wang (Editor), Meredith E. Agle (Editor)
Publisher: Wiley Publishing, Inc.
Publish date: February 2007
Biofilms in the Food Environment examines biofilms produced by food-borne microorganisms, the risks associated with biofilms in the food chain, the beneficial applications of biofilms in the food environment, and approaches for biofilm removal to improve sanitation and safety in the food environment. Specifically, this book provides: an introduction into the emerging and exciting field of biofilm research in the food environment a summary of advanced knowledge in medical microbiology and engineering and its applicability to food biofilm research, and potential directions for biofilm intervention and industrial beneficial applications that may have direct impact on food safety and public health. Biofilms in the Food Environment is intended to serve as a comprehensive reference source for the food science community, including industry scientists, university researchers, and regulatory agencies. Not only are general concepts regarding biofilms in the food environment covered, but also included are in-depth reviews on biofilm structures, the correlation between strain virulence and biofilm-forming abilities, cutting-edge technologies to investigate microbial compositions in ecosystems and cell-to-cell interactions, and updated findings on molecular attributes and mechanisms involved in biofilm development that might lead to targeted approaches for biofilm prevention and removal. The topics covered and approaches discussed are truly interdisciplinary in nature.