The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has received a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant of $149-thousand to study food safety. It will allow research on controlling foodborne pathogens in ready-to-eat foods.
It specifically concerns natural microbrials and bacteriophage. Bacteriophage is a virus that doesn’t attack humans or animal cells, but kills bacteria.
The project will be multi-institutional, with UAPB working with Mississippi State University, Arkansas State University and the USDA.
The grant was applied for by Dr. Jaheon Koo, who is a Certified Food Scientist and Associate Professor in the Department of Agriculture at UAPB. He expects findings from the study to have an impact beyond just the university.
"Results we get from this project will be presented in the local and national scientific conferences and probably will be used to teach my classes.” said Koo.
The project began in January and will take place over the next two years. Both faculty and graduate students are involved in the study.