Microbial Stress Adaptation and Food Safety

Edited by Ahmed E Yousef and Vijay K Juneja 
CRC Press  2002  

Hardback  384pp  ISBN 9781566769129      £133.00
  • Provides the first in-depth study of stress adaptation and its implications for the safety of minimally and non-thermally processed foods
  • Assesses the problems associated with stress adaptation
  • Proposes practical solutions to overcome the microbial stress phenomenon

The first book to address the subject, Microbial Stress Adaptation and Food Safety emphasizes the implications of stress adaptation and its consequences for food safety. It covers the basic science, kinetics, mechanisms, assessment, and control of stress adaptation and its impact on the safety of foods produced by minimal processing or non-thermal technologies. World renowned experts in the field provide detailed accounts of problems associated with stress adaptation and suggest methods for overcoming these problems.

The book begins with an introduction to the stress adaptation phenomenon and its implications for the safety of food processed by novel technologies. Then it addresses the responses of pathogens to physical and chemical stresses encountered during food processing, such as heat, pressure, dehydration, radiation, added organic acids, and naturally occurring antimicrobials. The adaptation of food microbiota to stress as a survival strategy is covered next, followed by an examination of the broad spectrum of stresses that may increase a pathogen's tenacity and resistance to processing.

Other topics include stress adaptation of beneficial lactic acid bacteria and how resistance or adaptation to stress in the processing environment relates to pathogens' ability to cause disease. Finally, the book presents strategies to overcome stress adaptation in foodborne pathogens. The authors suggest practical control measures and emphasize the need for future research to counteract the stress adaptation phenomenon.

Microbial Stress Adaptation and Food Safety proposes practical solutions to microbial stress adaptation and its hazardous effects on food safety and human health.


  • Basics of Stress Adaptation and Implications in New-generation Foods, Ahmed E. Yousef and Polly D. Courtney
  • Adaptation of Food-borne Pathogens to Stress from Exposure to Physical Intervention Strategies, Vijay K. Juneja and John Novak
  • Adaptation to Stresses by Food Preservatives, P. Michael Davidson and Mark A. Harrison
  • Microbial Adaptation and Survival in Foods, Eric A. Johnson
  • Adaptation/Resistance Responses of Microorganisms to Stresses in the Food-Processing Environment, Sadhana Ravishankar and Vijay K. Juneja
  • Stress Adaptations of Lactic Acid Bacteria, Hany S. Girgis, James Smith, John B. Luchansky, and Todd R. Klaenhammer
  • Relationship between Stress Adaptation and Virulence in Foodborne Pathogenic Bacteria, Cormac G. M. Gahan and Colin Hill
  • Physiology and Molecular Basis of Stress Adaptation with Particular Reference to the Subversion of Stress Adaptation and to the Involvement of Extracellular Components in Adaptation, Robin J. Rowbury
  • Strategies to Control Stress-adapted Pathogens, John Samelis and John N. Sofos
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