Modelling microorganisms in food

S. Brul (Editor), S. van Gerwen (Editor), M.H. Zwietering (Editor)

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Predicting the growth and behaviour of microorganisms in food has long been an aim in food microbiology research. In recent years, microbial models have evolved to become more exact and the discipline of quantitative microbial ecology has gained increasing importance for food safety management, particularly as minimal processing techniques have become more widely used. These processing methods operate closer to microbial death, survival and growth boundaries and therefore require even more precise models. Part one discusses general issues involved in building models of microbial growth and inactivation in foods, with chapters on the historical background of the field, experimental design, data processing and model fitting, the problem of uncertainty and variability in models and modelling lag-time. Further chapters review the use of quantitative microbiology tools in predictive microbiology and the use of predictive microbiology in risk assessment. The second part of the book focuses on new approaches in specific areas of microbial modelling, with chapters discussing the implications of microbial variability in predictive modelling and the importance of taking into account microbial interactions in foods. Predicting microbial inactivation under high pressure and the use of mechanistic models are also covered. The final chapters outline the possibility of incorporating systems biology approaches into food microbiology.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
PublisherWoodhead Publishing Limited
Number of pages294
ISBN (Print)9781845690069
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Publication series

NameWoodhead Publishing in food science, technology and nutrition


  • microorganisms
  • microbial activities
  • food microbiology
  • mathematical models


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