Eva van Derlinden

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Prediction of the microbial growth rate as a response to changing temperatures is an important aspect in the control of food safety and food spoilage. Accurate model predictions of the microbial evolution ask for correct model structures and reliable parameter values with good statistical quality. Given the widely accepted validity of the Cardinal(More)
AIMS The dynamics of Escherichia coli near the maximum temperature for growth in a rich medium are analysed. The effects of temperature history, medium composition and physiological state of the inoculum are evaluated. METHODS AND RESULTS Kinetics of E. coli K12 MG1655 is studied in 'brain-heart infusion' broth in a temperature controlled environment.(More)
Growth/no growth (G/NG) studies that include the effect of medium structure have typically been performed for (pathogenic) bacteria and on the basis of gelatin/agar as a gelling agent. In this study, the growth potential of the spoilage yeast Zygosaccharomyces bailii was investigated in two model systems that resemble the macroscopic physicochemical and(More)
In a gelatin-dextran mixture, changing the (relative and/or absolute) concentration of the components leads to the formation of different microstructures. Confocal laser scanning microscopy illustrated that the nature of the microstructure determines the location and morphology of Escherichia coli colonies. Observations indicate that bacterial growth(More)
AIMS Non-sigmoid growth curves of Escherichia coli obtained at constant temperatures near the maximum growth temperature (T(max)) were previously explained by the coexistence of two subpopulations, i.e. a stress-sensitive and a stress-resistant subpopulation. Mathematical simulations with a heterogeneous model support this hypothesis for static experiments(More)
Predictive microbiology has recently acknowledged the impact of the solid(like) food structure on microbial behavior. The presence of this solid(like) structure causes microorganisms to grow as colonies and no longer planktonically as in liquid. In this paper, the growth dynamics of Salmonella Typhimurium and Escherichia coli were studied as a function of(More)
Within the field of predictive microbiology, the number of studies that quantify the effect of food structure on microbial behavior is very limited. This is mainly due to impracticalities related to the use of a nonliquid growth medium. In this study, an experimental food model system for studying yeast spoilage in acid sauces was developed by selecting a(More)
Optimal experiment design for parameter estimation (OED/PE) has become a popular tool for efficient and accurate estimation of kinetic model parameters. When the kinetic model under study encloses multiple parameters, different optimization strategies can be constructed. The most straightforward approach is to estimate all parameters simultaneously from one(More)
In the past years, we explored the dynamics of Escherichia coli K12 at super-optimal temperatures under static and dynamic temperature conditions (Van Derlinden et al. (2008b, 2009, 2010). Disturbed sigmoid growth curves, i.e., a sequence of growth, inactivation and re-growth, were observed, especially close to the maximum growth temperature. Based on the(More)
Secondary models, describing the microbial growth rate as a function of temperature, are evaluated with focus on model performance in the suboptimal temperature region. Escherichia coli K12 MG1655 is considered as the case study. A large set of square root of μ(max)(T)-estimates is fitted with (1) the cardinal temperature model with inflection (CTMI, Rosso(More)