Ecology of E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella enterica in the primary vegetable production chain

E. Franz, A.H.C. van Bruggen

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Abstract

There is an increased concern that plants might be more important as a carrier for human enteric pathogens like E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella enterica serovars than previously thought. This review summarizes the knowledge available on the ecology of E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella enterica in the primary production chain of leafy green vegetables (in particular lettuce), including manure, manure-amended soil, and crop. Based on the available literature, suggestions are made for the control of these pathogens. The suggested approach of oligotrophication of agro-ecosystems fits in the wider approach to lower environmental emissions of nutrients from manure application and to enhance the suppression against plant pathogens
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-161
JournalCritical Reviews in Microbiology
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • enterohemorrhagic escherichia-coli
  • manure-amended soil
  • organic dairy farms
  • emerging foodborne diseases
  • risk-factors
  • serovar typhimurium
  • bovine manure
  • o157-h7 infections
  • irrigation water
  • united-states

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