Implementation of PCR Surveillance in Food Production with Dongyu Liu, DVM, Ph.D, former Assistant Research Professor, CVM Basic Science, Mississippi State University. Dr. Liu has authored five (5) texts on Polymearse Chain Reaction as a detection methodology for human pathogens. He has published twenty-five (25) articles in peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from microbiology to PCR surveillance of food for human pathogens. In his text, "Molecular Detection of Foodborne Pathogens," he has written, "One of the most effective ways to control and prevent human foodborne infections is to implement a pathogen surveillance system. Addressing the biology, epidemiology, and pathogenesis of more than 60 microorganisms, Molecular Detection of Foodborne Pathogens demonstrates how to implement a surveillance system that uses state-of-the-art molecular techniques to quickly detect and identify bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic pathogens concerned." Of his text, "Molecular Detection of Human Bacterial Pathogens," he has written, "This book represents a reliable and convenient reference on molecular detection and identification of major human bacterial pathogens; an indispensable tool for upcoming and experienced medical, veterinary, and industrial laboratory scientists engaged in bacterial characterization; and an essential textbook for undergraduate and graduate students in microbiology." Agenda: 1. Introduction. 2. Traditional microbiological methods for food testing. 3. Culture methods: time/sensitivity/specificity. 4. Polymerase Chain Reaction: time/sensitivity/specificity. 5. PCR's operational functionality in a food plant. 6. Recommendations to food producers regarding PCR surviellance. Contact: Dongyu Liu, DVM, Ph.D. Randwick, NSW Australia
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