Investigating the toxin production by Bacillus cereus, strain characterization and detection for improving food safety

01 October 2009 → 30 September 2012
Federal funding: various
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Other chemical sciences
    • Microbiology
    • Systems biology
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Nutrition and dietetics
    • Laboratory medicine
    • Microbiology
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Agricultural animal production
    • Food sciences and (bio)technology
gastrointestinal food pathogen enterotoxin
Project description

Bacillus cereus is a problematic food pathogen that , upon human uptake, causes vomiting through emetic toxins, or diarhoea through enterotoxins. The behavior of this food pathogen in the gastrointestinal tract is not well known. More knowledge can lead to preventive measures or better advize towards society to more effectively protect the population. In this project, special attention is payed to the competition of B. cereus with other gut microbiota, the potency to adhere to the intestinal wall and the circumstances under which these pathogens produce enterotoxins.