The image above shows a Bacillus cereus biofilm established on stainless steel. Application of nonfouling and antimicrobial coatings onto food processing equipment–such as stainless steel heat exchangers or work tables–can help reduce cross-contamination of microorganisms responsible for food borne illness and can help reduce food wasted due to microbial spoilage. UMass Amherst food scientist Julie Goddard and her lab are developing such nonfouling and antimicrobial coatings to support improved food safety and quality. Goddard is the recipient of the Institute of Food Technologists’ (IFT) 2015 Samuel Cate Prescott Award for “outstanding ability of research in food technology” awarded to outstanding young career researchers. Learn more.
Image credit: Kang Huang (Goddard Lab)