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Healthy and safe food for all

At The School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science we perform research to contribute to healthy and safe food for all.

Globalized food production has opened for an increase in the spread of disease-causing bacteria. At the same time the risk of dangerous varieties, that may be resistant to antibiotics, has increased. Therefore the distribution of food can cause global spread of new and known pathogens possibly also carrying resistance genes. Our research aims at reducing the proliferation of such bacteria and understanding the mechanisms behind. We apply detailed molecular analyses of how bacteria respond to stress such as heat, acid, salt and oxygen stress, that can lead to an understanding on how particularly bacteria survive under changing circumstances.

Our research is done in collaboration with the food manufacturing industry and official agencies in the effort to shed light on the many aspects of food safety.

Contact: Professor Hanne Ingmer, Department of Veterinary Disease Biology.