The cheese microbiome as a model. system continues to yield useful results

The “cheese microbiome” as a model system continues to yield useful results.  Model systems for microbiome & microbial ecology studies are really important and it is great to see how this system has continued to develop.  This is worth a look. The search for lively bacterial communities led Rachel Dutton, a microbiologist at UC San …

Job: Asst. Prof. in Microbial Food Safety at UC Davis Food Science & Technology

The Food Science & Technology (FST) department has just started advertising for an Assistant Professor position in Microbial Food Safety. Please see the advertisement on the FST main page and attached. A direct link for applicants can be found here: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01224 For full consideration, applications should be received by February 15, 2017. Please distribute this …

Faculty position in Food Microbiology at UC Davis

The Department of Food Science & Technology in the Robert Mondavi Institute of Wine and Food Sciences at UC Davis has an open Assistant Professor faculty position in the area of food microbiology focused on genetics/genomics/metagenomics/ecology of foodborne pathogens. Please note that no prior experience in Food Science is required and we encourage any candidate …

Hen housing trade off study results released

Just a quick post here.  Multiple stories out about the Laying Hen Housing Research Project by the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply that maybe of interest. From: Hen housing trade offs: Food safety, workers and consumers | Food Safety News As it turns out, the food stores and restaurant chains promising to sell only cage-free eggs …

Probiotics: The Good, the Bad, The Unknown, and the Crazy

Microbiology is on a roll, it’s been an amazing couple decades of discoveries that have transformed our understanding of the roles that microbes play in human health.  And this knowledge has pushed its way into popular culture.  Every couple of days I see another popular media article about the influence of microbes on something else; …

Transfer and resuspension — its not all bologna

There was a recent flash in the news about the ‘5-second rule’ when a group of microbiologists at Aston University in the UK released results from a study (that, from what I can tell, is unpublished). The summary reads, “The study…monitored the transfer of the common bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus from …