Detection of Penicillium expansum by polymerase chain reaction.

  title={Detection of Penicillium expansum by polymerase chain reaction.},
  author={Patrick Marek and Thirunavukkarasu Annamalai and Kumar Venkitanarayanan},
  journal={International journal of food microbiology},
  volume={89 2-3},
Penicillium expansum is a major causative agent of postharvest decay in a variety of fruits, including apples, peaches, nectarines, and cherries. It causes significant economic losses to the fruit industry and is also of potential public health significance, since it produces patulin, a mycotoxin known to cause harmful effects in animals. Rapid and specific detection of P. expansum is important for ensuring microbiological quality and safety of fruits and fruit juices. The traditional methods… CONTINUE READING