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The future of predictive microbiology: Strategic research, innovative applications and great expectations


McMeekin, TA and Bowman, JP and McQuestin, O and Mellefont, LA and Ross, T and Tamplin, ML, The future of predictive microbiology: Strategic research, innovative applications and great expectations, International Journal of Food Microbiology, 128, (1) pp. 2-9. ISSN 0168-1605 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2008.06.026


This paper considers the future of predictive microbiology by exploring the balance that exists between science, applications and expectations. Attention is drawn to the development of predictive microbiology as a sub-discipline of food microbiology and of technologies that are required for its applications, including a recently developed biological indicator. As we move into the era of systems biology, in which physiological and molecular information will be increasingly available for incorporation into models, predictive microbiologists will be faced with new experimental and data handling challenges. Overcoming these hurdles may be assisted by interacting with microbiologists and mathematicians developing models to describe the microbial role in ecosystems other than food. Coupled with a commitment to maintain strategic research, as well as to develop innovative technologies, the future of predictive microbiology looks set to fulfil "great expectations". © 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Microbiology
Research Field:Bacteriology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Food safety
UTAS Author:McMeekin, TA (Professor Thomas McMeekin)
UTAS Author:Bowman, JP (Associate Professor John Bowman)
UTAS Author:McQuestin, O (Dr Olivia McQuestin)
UTAS Author:Mellefont, LA (Dr Lyndal Mellefont)
UTAS Author:Ross, T (Professor Tom Ross)
UTAS Author:Tamplin, ML (Professor Mark Tamplin)
ID Code:52385
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:76
Deposited By:Agricultural Science
Deposited On:2008-08-01
Last Modified:2014-11-24

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