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Understanding Pathogen Behaviour Virulence, Stress Response and Resistance


ISBN10: 849334268
ISBN13: 9780849334269

Publisher: CRC Press

Price: $289.95
Pages: 611
Publish date: december 2005

Discusses fingerprinting, footprinting, bioinformatics, and the applications of understanding pathogen behaviour Covers mathematical modelling of microbial population kinetics Explores genetic exchange and the development of pathogenicity, host defense mechanisms, and pathogen survival strategies Includes coverage of the consequences of stress response and resistance and microbial stress and cross-protection Defines sublethal injury and discusses its impact on recovery of foodbourne pathogens, including the consequences or potential consequences on food safety Provides an understanding of stresses encountered in animal hosts and microbial stress responses to food preservation regimes Pathogens respond dynamically to their environment. Understanding this behavior is critical for two reasons: emerging evidence of increased pathogen resistance to established sanitation and preservation techniques and the increased use of minimal processing technologies, which are potentially more vulnerable to the development of resistance. A comprehensive resource covering the range of pathogen behaviour, Understanding Pathogen Behavior: Virulence, Stress Response And Resistance summarizes the wealth of recent research in this area and its implications in the food industry. After introducing methods for analysing and modelling pathogens, the book reviews current research on what determines pathogenicity, stress response, adaptation, and resistance. It examines the behaviour of particular pathogens, reviewing virulence, stress response, and resistance mechanisms in such pathogens as Salmonella, E. coli, and Campylobactor. 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 disinfectant and sanitisers. Most chapters include sections on future trends and sources of further information and advice. With its distinguished editor and international team of contributors, the book will soon be a standard reference for the food industry in ensuring food safety.