Biofilms: From Formation to Elimination
Food and Consumer Safety Webinar Oct. 18 at 9am
Join us for the October webinar on biofilms, especially in food industry given by Diane Walker, Research Engineer at Montana State University’s Center for Biofilm Engineering. Ms. Walker works with an interdisciplinary team of engineers, microbiologists and statisticians in the Standardized Biofilm Methods Lab (SBML), developing methods to grow, treat, sample and analyze biofilms for use by academia, industry and the regulatory agencies. She was invited to speak at the Conference for Food Protection earlier this year.
The Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) was established more than 25 years ago to take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of biofilms. Moving beyond traditional microbiology (free-floating microbes), reactor systems were engineered to allow for the development of surface-associated microbes (biofilm), a state where most bacteria exist. The Standardized Biofilm Methods Laboratory (SBML) at the CBE was designed to meet research and industry needs for standard analytical methods to evaluate innovative control technologies against bacteria in the biofilm state. SBML staff and students develop, refine, and publish quantitative methods for growing, treating, sampling, and analyzing biofilm bacteria. This webinar will provide background on biofilms and describe methods for growing biofilm for product testing. Examples will be provided to demonstrate the importance of testing against biofilms (versus free-floating microbes) for end users and consumers alike.
Login information for THURSDAY OCTOBER 18th 9 am
SKYPE LINK: https://rtchelena.mt.gov/meet/nheinzinger/LTMCBT1L