Modelling microorganisms in food
Edited by S Brul, S Van Gerwen and M Zwietering
Hardback 320 ISBN 9781845690069
- assesses the latest developments in microbial modelling
- discusses the issues involved in building models of microbial growth
- chapters review the use of quantitative microbiology tools in predictive
- looks at new approaches to microbial modelling behaviour
- written by a team of leading experts
Predicting the growth and behaviour of microorganisms in food has long been an aim in food microbiology research.
In recent years, microbial models have evolved to become more exact and the discipline of quantitative microbial
ecology has gained increasing importance for food safety management, particularly as minimal processing techniques
have become more widely used. These processing methods operate closer to microbial death, survival and growth
boundaries and therefore require even more precise models. Written by a team of leading experts in the field,
Modelling microorganims in food assesses the latest developments and provides an outlook for the future of
Part one discusses general issues involved in building models of microbial growth and inactivation in foods,
with chapters on the historical background of the field, experimental design, data processing and model fitting,
the problem of uncertainty and variability in models and modelling lag-time. Further chapters review the use of
quantitative microbiology tools in predictive microbiology and the use of predictive microbiology in risk assessment.
The second part of the book focuses on new approaches in specific areas of microbial modelling, with chapters
discussing the implications of microbial variability in predictive modelling and the importance of taking into account
microbial interactions in foods. Predicting microbial inactivation under high pressure and the use of mechanistic models
are also covered. The final chapters outline the possibility of incorporating systems biology approaches into food
Modelling microorganisms in food will be a standard reference for all those in the field of food microbiology.
PART 1 BUILDING MODELS FOR PREDICTIVE MICROBIOLOGY
- Predictive microbiology: past, present and future
T A McMeekin, L A Mellefont and T Ross, University of Tasmania, Australia
Introduction. Turning data into knowledge. Case studies of critical analysis. Recent systematic analysis
of literature and the advent of quantitative microbial risk assessment (QMRA). QMRA and predictive
microbiology. Advances in technology for the application of predictive models. Conclusions. References.
- Experimental design, data processing and model fitting in predictive microbiology
M A J S van Boekel and M H Zwietering, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Introduction. Experimental design. Data processing. Model fitting. Future trends. Sources of further information
and advice. Appendix. References.
- Uncertainty and variability in predictive models of microorganisms in food
M J Nauta, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, The Netherlands
Introduction. Case study - part 1. Imprecise predictive models. Case study - part 2. A closer look at variability.
A closer look at uncertainty. Separation of uncertainty and variability. Case study - epilogue. Categorising
questions of food professionals. GMPs for unpredictable microbes. Future trends: towards novel predictive models.
- Modelling lag-time in predictive microbiology with special reference to the lag phase of bacterial spores
J P P M Smelt and S Brul, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Introduction: general aspects of the lag-time. Lag-time of bacterial spores, transformation of the spore to
vegetative cells. Quantitative aspects, mathematical modelling. Lag-times in real foods. Conclusions. References.
- Application of models and other quantitative microbiology tools in predictive microbiology
D Legan, Kraft Foods, USA
Introduction. Definitions. Applications of models and databases. Access to models. Other quantitative
microbiology tools. Future trends. Sources of further information and advice. Acknowledgements. References.
- Predictive models in food risk assessment
M Zwietering, University of Wageningen and M J Nauta, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment,
Introduction: quantitative microbiological risk assessment. Quantitative microbiology. Recontamination.
Linking models. Information sources. Representativity of models. Food safety objectives and risk assessment.
Examples of structured approaches of risk assessment. Conclusions. References.
PART 2 NEW APPROACHES TO MICROBIAL MODELLING IN SPECIFIC AREAS
OF PREDICTIVE MICROBIOLOGY
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- The non-linear kinetics of microbial inactivation and growth in foods
M G Corradini and M Peleg, University of Massachusetts, USA
Introduction. The traditional primary models of inactivation and growth. Traditional secondary models.
Sigmoid isothermal survival curves. Non isothermal inactivation. Empirical growth models. Simulation
of non-isothermal growth curves. Conclusions. Acknowledgements. References.
- Modelling of high pressure inactivation of microorganisms in foods
A Diels, I Van Opstal, B Masschalck and C W Michiels, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Introduction. Factors affecting the microbial inactivation by HP processing. Current models: strengths
and weaknesses. Future trends in the modelling of pressure-temperature processes. Conclusions. References.
- Mechanistic models of microbial inactivation behaviour in foods
A A Teixeira, University of Florida, USA
Introduction. Case for mechanistic models. Development of mechanistic models for microbial inactivation.
Model validation and comparison with others. Applications of microbial inactivation mechanistic models.
Strengths, weaknesses and limitations of mechanistic models. Future trends with mechanistic models. Sources
of further information. References.
- Modelling microbial interactions in foods
F Leroy and L De Vuyst, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
Introduction. Measuring growth and interactions of bacteria in foods. Developing models of microbial interactions.
Applications and implications for food processors. Future trends. References.
- A kinetic model as a tool to understand the response of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to heat exposure
F Mesonides, EML Research GmbH, Germany B Bakker, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and S Brul, K
Hellingwerf and J Teixeira de Mattos, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Introduction. Experimental data. The model. Validation. Conclusions. Addendum. References.
- Systems biology and food science
S Brul, University of Amsterdam and H V Westerhoff, Free University Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Introduction. Systems biology: biology at last. Systems biology and food microbiology. Food production: metabolic
engineering. Food safety. Areas for systems food microbiology in microbial food spoilage research. Models of
microbial ecology and food consumption. Sources of further information and advice. Acknowledgements.
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