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TWELVE new projects to study Campylobacter in the food chain have been announced by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Defra. The work forms part of a cross-government initiative to tackle the bacterium, which was launched last year (see VR, August 21, 2010, vol 167, p 270).
The three organisations plan to spend £4 million on the research, which will bring together researchers from across many disciplines, including microbiology, genomics, mathematics, computing, genetics and epidemiology. The projects will investigate Campylobacter ‘from field to plate’, covering three main areas:
■ When infection begins in poultry, …
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