Page Banner

United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Glucosinolates-Derived Compounds As a Green Manure for Controlling Escherichia Coli O157:h7 and Salmonella in Soil

Location: Environmental Microbial and Food Safety Laboratory

Project Number: 8042-32420-005-36
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Jan 01, 2012
End Date: Jun 30, 2014

Objective:
ARS is interested in the role of pre-harvest sources of contaminations to fresh produce. The Cooperator is interested in improving the microbial safety of fresh produce.

Approach:
Soil (soil amendments, compost) and irrigation water are major sources of pre-harvest contamination of fresh produce. We will utilize plant natural defense mechanism (glucosinolate-derived compounds) as a green manure to control attenuated strains of enteric pathogens in soil. Brassica plants will be grown in hoop houses. After crop harvest, remnant plant tissues will be tilled over as a green manure. Soil inoculated with attenuated strains will be sampled periodically for their persistence in presence of green manure.

Last Modified: 10/20/2014
Footer Content Back to Top of Page