Mississippi Center for Food Safety and Post-Harvest Technology
From the Director
The Mississippi Center for Food Safety and Post-Harvest Technology (FSI) fosters collaboration with scientists in the USDA Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) to enhance food safety and quality through innovative research projects.
Hosted in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition and Health Promotion, the Center is a campus-wide research program to enhance food safety and quality of Mississippi agricultural products. The scope of research for 2012-2017 is an emphasis on catfish, seafood and horticultural products. The program is financially sponsored by USDA-ARS through the Warm Water Aquaculture Research Unit.
The Center provides seed grants to help MSU researchers develop research capacity to compete for national competitive grants. Each year a ‘Request-for-Proposal’ is announced through the campus e-mail system. Proposals are peer-reviewed and innovative projects are selected for funding. In the last three years, 30 projects have been funded in the amount of $50,000 each to faculty in four colleges, namely, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, and College of Forest Resources. Collaboration with USDA-ARS researchers in the region is encouraged. Scientists are also encouraged to establish partnerships with agricultural and food industries in the state and region.
For building research infrastructure, the Center houses several pieces of advanced analytical and food processing instrumentation. Equipment is operated and maintained by trained staff members. The Center provides excellent opportunities for undergraduates, graduate students and post-graduate associates to engage in innovative research projects.
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Sam Chang, Director
- Dr. Sam Chang, Project Director
- Ms. Kaila Peggs, Office Associate
- Mr. Dipaloke Mukherjee, Research Associate
- Mr. David Yin Zhang, Research Associate
Office Phone: 662-325-8056
- A novel suicide plasmid for efficient gene mutation in Listeria monocytogenes (CVM)
Biofilm Formation and Transferability of Listeria monocytogenes on the Surfaces of Food and Processing Equipment (CVM)
Characterization of a Potential Virulence Factor in Listeria monocytogenes Associated with an Attachment to Fresh Produce (CVM)
Defining physiological functions of deubiquitinating enzymes as potential drug targets in foodborne disease salmonellosis (CVM)
Detection and characterization of chemical residues in major crops, live stocks and aquatic foods produced in Mississippi (CALS)
Detection and Quantification of Gossylpol and Insecticides in Mississippi Cotton Seeds and Their Oil Products (CALS)
Development of Antimicrobial Packaging Films from Shrimp and Agricultural Post-harvesting Wastes for Seafood Preservation (CFR)
Development and application of quantitative PCR assays for genetic variants of Edwardsiella tarda for comparative evaluation of pathology, virulence and dissemination in channel, blue and hybrid catfish (CVM)
Development of Quantifiable Pocket-Size Detection Kits for Foodborne Pathogens in Raw and Post-Processed Aquaculture Food Products (CALS)
Edwardsiella piscicida identified in the southeastern USA by gyrB sequence, species-specific and repetitive sequence-mediated PCR (CVM)
Effect of dispersed phase (oil) volume fraction, WPC concentration and pressure (CALS)
Evaluation of the role stress plays in the formation of red fillets in cultured channel catfish (Ictaalurus punctatus) (CALS)
Fabrication and Application of Nano-Vesicular Emulsion Carrier Systems (NVES) for Delivery Of Flavors, Taste-Enhancers, Antioxidants And Antibacterials In Food Systems (CALS)
Genome comparison of Listeria monocytogenes serotype 4a strain HCC23 with selected lineage I and lineage II L. monocytogenes strains and other Listeria strains (CVM)
High-risk Listeria monocytogenes specific collagen binding protein and its role in catfish fillet attachment (CVM)
Improving the Safety and Quality of Raw Tuna Fillets by X-ray Irradiation (CALS)
Inactivation of Norovirus (MNV-1) on Fresh Oysters Meat, Tuna Salad and Salmon Sushi Using X-Ray Irradiation (CALS)
Influence of Temperature on Acid-Stress Adaptation in Listeria monocytogenes (CALS)
Listeriolysin O Mediates Cytotoxicity on Human Brain Microvascular Endothelial Cells (CVM)
Low, Medium, and High Heat Tolerant Strains of Listeria monocytogenes and Increased Heat Stress Resistance after Exposure to Sublethal Heat (CALS)
Nanoengineering Biologically-Active Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopic Tags for Ultrasensitive Food Pathogen Detections (CAS)
Persistence, adherence, and survival of acid-, alkali-, heat-, oxidative-, and salt-stress adapted cells of high-risk Listeria monocytogenes serotypes under normal catfish processing conditions and their prevention/destruction (CALS)
Quantification of high-risk and low-risk Listeria monocytogenes serotypes on catfish products (CVM)
Real-time polymerase chain reaction assays for the detection and quantification of Edwardsiella tarda, Edwardsiella piscicida, and Edwardsiella piscicida–like species in catfish tissues and pond water (CVM)
Targeting the Endocannabinoid System to Enhance Immunity (CVM)
The role of Listeria monocytogenes cell wall surface anchor protein LapB in virulence, adherence, and intracellular replication (CVM)
Validation of Vibrio parahaemolyticus Detection Kit in Raw and Post-Processed Aquaculture Food Products