December 2006

December 19th

Oregon State University microbiologist Katharine G. Field has developed a molecular test to determine the source of fecal contamination in water. This type of detection, called “fecal source tracking” (FST), is both faster and far more specific than traditional standard fecal coliform tests. Results of a Tillamook Bay-based study using the new methodology were published in the August 2006 issue of <I>Applied and Environmental Microbiology</I>.

December 13th

Researchers in Oregon State University’s Department of Food Science and Technology are using an emerging high-pressure technology to process milk at lower temperatures while still maintaining the safety of heat- pasteurized milk. The result is safe milk that tastes fresher and has a longer shelf life than conventionally processed milk.