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The kinetics of adhesion of five Staphylococcus aureus subsp. aureus strains (CECT 976, 4459, 4465, 4466 and 5191) to polypropylene at 25 degrees C in the absence of nutrients (PBS medium) were initially compared. Those strains with the highest (CECT 4459) and the lowest (CECT 976) adhesion levels were selected for further studying the effects of a(More)
Biofilms are a common cause of food contamination with undesirable bacteria, such as pathogenic bacteria. Staphylococcus aureus is one of the major bacteria causing food-borne diseases in humans. A study designed to determine the presence of S. aureus on food contact surfaces in dairy, meat, and seafood environments and to identify coexisting microbiota has(More)
Different aspects of the most commonly used assay methods in the study of bacteriocins were examined. The conditions under which extraction and incubation (including exposure time) take place were analysed, and several different formal models that are usually employed to calculate ID50 were compared. As an alternative designed to overcome the problems which(More)
AIMS A study on the effects of tryptone and yeast extract on nisin production by Lactococcus lactis was carried out using a second order rotatable factorial design. METHODS AND RESULTS The results show that both ingredients increased nisin production, although a small decrease in nisin levels was noted at high tryptone concentrations. In view of the low(More)
Increase of resistance to the application of benzalkonium chloride (BAC), peracetic acid (PA) and nisin during biofilm formation at 25 °C by three strains of Listeria monocytogenes (CECT 911, CECT 4032, CECT 5873 and BAC-adapted CECT 5873) in different scenarios was compared. For this purpose, resistance after 4 and 11-days of biofilm formation was(More)
The objective of this study was the development of a method for the quantification of free fatty acids (FFA) using less aggressive reactants against the handler and the environment than those used in the classic method of Lowry and Tinsley. The modified procedure is a variation of the Lowry and Tinsley method employing cyclohexane in place of benzene. The(More)
Fifty-six dairy bacteria belonging to the genera Lactococcus, Lactobacillus, Pediococcus, Propionibacterium, Streptococcus, Enterococcus, Leuconostoc, and Brevibacterium were screened for antifungal activity against four species of fungi relevant to the cheese industry (Penicillium discolor, Penicillium commune, Penicillium roqueforti, and Aspergillus(More)
A feasibility study of lactic bacteria as potential probiotics in larval cultures of marine fish was performed by investigating the survival of five strains of lactic bacteria in seawater by readily standardized procedures at different temperatures and salinities. These conditions were chosen in such a way that their combinations define a complete(More)
The present study was aimed to evaluate the potential of essential oils to remove the foodborne pathogen Staphylococcus aureus from food-processing facilities. The effectiveness of 19 essential oils against planktonic cells of S. aureus was firstly assessed by minimal inhibitory concentration. Planktonic cells showed a wide variability in resistance to(More)
The most common method in the routine determination of uronic acids, the m-hydroxydiphenyl reaction, recently adapted to rapid microplate analysis, has as a main inconvenience, in any one of their modalities, interferences due to the frequent presence of proteins and neutral carbohydrates in the samples. Corresponding corrections in the literature are(More)