1. Microbiology & Food Hygiene

Incidence and survival of potential human pathogens in the production of the common cultivated mushroom (Agaricus bisporus)

Project Reference:

02-PG-029

Status:

Completed

Commencement Date:

October, 2002

Project Duration:

49 months

Abstract:

This project investigated the prevalence and potential risk of human pathogenic bacteria in cultivated mushrooms. Bacteria play an important role in the production of the mushroom fruiting body but other microorganisms, which cause mushroom disease, are still prevalent, despite prevention and control procedures. This gave rise to concerns that microbes harmful to humans may also be present. This research was especially timely considering the increase in consumption of ready-to-eat vegetables.

Principal Contractor(s):

Dr Patrick Naughton, University of Ulster, Coleraine

Collaborator(s):

Single supplier

Outputs:

Report:

The PhD thesis is available on request and can be accessed through the University of Ulster