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Colonies of Clostridium difficile grown anaerobically in plate culture – image by Dr Emma Meader

Is food a possible route of Clostridium difficile infection?

A recent article published by IFR’s Emeritus Fellow Dr Barbara Lund and Professor Mike Peck in the journal “Foodborne Pathogens and Disease” reviews the question whether food may be a route of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). C. difficile is a major cause of illness in patients in hospitals and healthcare settings and also occurs in […]

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New insights into botulism toxin

A recent study from the Institute of Food Research has uncovered new information about the genes Clostridium botulinum uses to produce its deadly toxin. An analysis of closely related strains of one particular type of C. botulinum showed that the toxin genes are carried exclusively on plasmids, and the plasmids were linked to the geographical […]

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Optimising mushroom spawn production in Uganda

Scientists at the Institute of Food Research are helping in the expansion and diversification of mushroom cultivation in Uganda. A new two year project ultimately aims to improve the diets of Ugandans, increase the incomes of local farmers and create a sustainable trade through training and research. By the end of the project, it is […]

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Food waste

Global Food Security report highlights change needed to reduce food waste

The Global Food Security Programme has published a report  identifying the main research priorities needed to address the problems of food waste. Tackling food waste is a vital part of ensuring food security in the future. ‘Food Waste within Global Systems’  identifies research priorities throughout the food supply chain, from production through to consumers. Part of the […]

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Mining the botulinum genome

The toxin that causes botulism is the most potent that we know of. Eating an amount of toxin just 1000th the weight of a grain of salt can be fatal, which is why so much effort has been put into keeping Clostridium botulinum, which produces the toxin, out of our food. The Institute of Food […]

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Salmonella

Understanding how bacteria come back from the dead

Salmonella remains a serious cause of food poisoning in the UK and throughout the EU, in part due to its ability to thrive and quickly adapt to the different environments in which it can grow. New research involving a team of IFR scientists, funded by BBSRC, has taken the first detailed look at what Salmonella […]

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Microbiology to play crucial role in ensuring food security

Professor Mike Peck of the Institute of Food Research has joined other experts from the Society for General Microbiology in launching a position statement on food security and safety. This sets out the key role that microbiology will play in ensuring that the 7 billion people in the world have access to safe and nutritious […]

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Genome sequencing used to assess the threat to biosecurity from a novel form of Clostridium botulinum

Genome sequencing used to assess the threat to biosecurity from a novel form of Clostridium botulinum

Scientists on the Norwich Research Park have sequenced the genome of a novel strain of Clostridium botulinum, one of the most dangerous pathogens known to man. The strain produces an unusual botulinum neurotoxin, known as type A5 neurotoxin, which was isolated by the Health Protection Agency (HPA), following a case of wound botulism. Professor Mike […]

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