Episode #3 – From Plastics to Pathogens

This month, Hannah Zurier and Joshua Herskovitz use a theme of “models”/”modeling” to explain topics ranging from newly discovered, microbially-derived hydrolases capable of reducing the volume of plastics in our ecosystems – to nematode models outlining the dangers associated with pathogens in food facilities that are characterized as being viable but non-culturable (VBNC)! This month, we also have the pleasure of interviewing Cornell University’s well-respected, material scientist Dr. Julie Goddard. With her help and a few guiding questions, Dr. Goddard shines a light on the applicability and likelihood of how newly discovered PET hydrolases could or could not be adopted by industries interested in recyclable plastics.

Papers discussed in this month’s episode:

Danso, D., Schmeisser, C., Chow, J., Zimmermann, W., Wei, R., Leggewie, C., . . . Streit, W. R. (2018). New Insights into the Function and Global Distribution of Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)-Degrading Bacteria and Enzymes in Marine and Terrestrial Metagenomes. Appl Environ Microbiol, 84(8). doi:10.1128/aem.02773-17

Del Carmen Huesca-Espitia, L., Aslanzadeh, J., Feinn, R., Joseph, G., Murray, T. S., & Setlow, P. (2018). Deposition of Bacteria and Bacterial Spores by Bathroom Hot Air Hand Dryers. Appl Environ Microbiol. doi:10.1128/aem.00044-18

LEONE, C. M., DHARMASENA, M., TANG, C., DiCAPRIO, E., MA, Y., ARAUD, E., . . . FRASER, A. (2018). Prevalence of Human Noroviruses in Commercial Food Establishment Bathrooms. J Food Prot, 81(5), 719-728. doi:10.4315/0362-028x.Jfp-17-419

Highmore, C. J., Warner, J. C., Rothwell, S. D., Wilks, S. A., & Keevil, C. W. (2018). Viable-but-Nonculturable Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enterica Serovar Thompson Induced by Chlorine Stress Remain Infectious. MBio, 9(2). doi:10.1128/mBio.00540-18


Download: Episode #3-From Plastics to Pathogens

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