Food security

Millions of people are undernourished globally and with the population growing, food security is a major concern. Food security is multifaceted, requiring advancements in food safety, ensuring products have a good shelf life, reducing spoilage and providing dietary additions to improve the nutrient intake of the population. The application of microbiology is far reaching, and new approaches are required to maintain food security. Through an improved understanding of plant-microbe interactions, it is possible to forecast and mitigate food shortages.


Scientists identify key pathogen targets to tackle black rot in sweetpotato

A new study identifies 31 Ceratocystis fimbriata effector genes and suggests a biotrophic phase, in which the fungus lives off living sweetpotato storage roots before killing it, providing a new perspective on how the disease progresses.

Read story

More food security



​Unmasking the hidden threat of non-O157 STEC

Ashley Ward of SRUC and Sony Malhotra of STFC explain how an innovative collaboration explores how computational approaches could be used to detect non-O157 STEC that are likely to cause disease.