Food Micro

7 Rules to Follow When Writing about Microorganisms

Recalling and pronouncing peculiar microorganism names is a skill every microbiologist has mastered. However, the intricate rules for writing about microorganisms may leave even experienced microbiologists second-guessing how to annotate or spell a strain name. Our quiz below will challenge…
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On the Plate: Salmonella

After Escherichia coli, Salmonella might be one of the world’s most recognized bacterial species. Outbreaks of Salmonella have occurred in several food products including the well-known peanut butter outbreak in 2009 in which 714 people in 46 states became ill…
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5 Reasons to Avoid Maintaining Stock Cultures in Your Lab

Are you certain the reference stock cultures you use for quality control are identical to the reference cultures you originally purchased? A study performed by Cross, Russel and Desai examined working cultures from eight accredited microbial testing laboratories. Using fluorescent…
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Our Top Posts from 2017

To say our writers were busy in 2017 is an understatement. We shared best practices for growth promotion testing on selective media, asked for your opinion on B. cepacia testing, and reminded you why microbiologists are the coolest people in…
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Environmental Isolate Case File: Cronobacter sakazakii

Cronobacter sakazakii, formerly Enterobacter sakazakii, is a gram-negative bacterium that belongs to the Enterbacteriaceae family. It is found in the environment, commonly on plant and organic materials, and can survive very dry conditions. The bacterium has been isolated from dry…
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8 Microorganisms that Changed the World

Microorganisms triggered many events that drastically altered human history. The most notorious microbes caused mass death and destruction, but they also inspired modern medical advances often taken for granted. The significant impact these tiny, invisible-to-the-naked-eye creatures can have on our…
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The Basics of Cannabis QC

Every year cannabis for medical and recreational use becomes legal in more places throughout the United States. As of 2017, 29 states and the District of Columbia (DC) have passed laws to legalize growth and distribution of the plant. Cannabis…
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Raw Sushi – Does It Deserve the Bad Wrap?

If you were to ask random strangers on the street if they liked sushi, I can almost guarantee you’d hear one of two responses. Either: “I love it!” or “That’s disgusting, no way!”.  In all my years of trying to…
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‘Tis the Season for Canning and Preserving Foods – Don’t Let Botulinum Spoil It

During this time of year, many people are literally seeing the fruits, and vegetables, of their labor. There are fresh tomatoes, peppers, carrots, beans, cucumbers, and potatoes galore from the garden. Home canning is a great way to preserve all…
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The Scoop on Ready-to-Eat Foods and Listeria monocytogenes

When summer is in full swing, many of us choose to cool down with sweet frozen dairy treats. However, the thought of ice cream tainted with Listeria monocytogenes may cause anyone, especially those in susceptible populations, to think twice. Listeria…
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