Calcium spray increases leaf toughness against STEC and extends shelf life of leafy vegetables

Last changed: 07 September 2020

The overall aim of the project is to create the conditions for production of leafy vegetables with reduced risk for contamination by human pathogens, including disease-causing strain shigatoxin producing E. coli O157: H7 (STEC). The aim of this pilot study is to investigate if calcium chloride leaf spray application can be used as a defense strategy for restricting access and spreading of microorganisms on leafy vegetables, including STEC, by modifying leaf mechanical properties, such as cell wall thickness and toughness (stiffness, rigidity).

Facts:

The project is funded by: KSLA

Duration of the project: 2020

Project Leader: Emina Mulaosmanovic

Other contributors: Beatrix Alsanius, Lars Mogren, Hannes Vogler, University of Zürich Switzerland, Jan Burry ETH University Switzerland.


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