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Description of Research Interests

  • Delineation of the contribution of non-thermal factors (pH, ammonia, organic acids, light, and moisture) to zoonotic pathogen inactivation in composts containing animal manure as a primary ingredient
  • Surface contamination and internalization of E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella spp. in leafy greens under field conditions and the environmental parameters that lead to increased risk of contamination of produce at harvest
  • Pathogen isolation from foods and concentration in a portable fluidic system

Selected Recent Publications

Erickson, M.C., L.M. Ma, and M.P. Doyle. 2015. Development of models to relate microbiological and headspace volatile parameters in stored Atlantic salmon to acceptance and willingness to prepare the product by senior consumers. J. Food Prot. In Press.

Erickson, M.C., L.M. Ma, and M.P. Doyle. 2015. Clostridium botulinum toxin production in relation to spoilage of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) packaged in films of varying oxygen permeabilities and with different atmospheres. J. Food Prot. In Press.

Erickson, M.C., J. Liao, J.L. Cannon, and Y.R. Ortega. 2015. Role of brushes and peelers in removal of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella from produce in domestic kitchens. J. Food Prot. In Press.

Doyle, M.P., M.C. Erickson, W. Alali, J. Cannon, X. Deng, Y. Ortega, M.A. Smith, and T. Zhao. 2015. Food industry's current and future role in preventing microbial foodborne illness within the United States. Clin. Infect. Dis. 61:252-259.

Erickson, M.C., J. Liao, J.L. Cannon, and Y.R. Ortega. 2015. Contamination of knives and graters by bacterial foodborne pathogens during slicing and grating of produce. Food Microbiol. 52:138-145.

Erickson, M.C. 2015. Horticulture production, food safety, and organic amendments: Effects on public health. Acta Horticult. 1076:201-214.

Erickson, M.C., C. Smith, X. Jiang, I.D. Flitcroft, and M.P. Doyle. 2015. Manure source and age affect survival of zoonotic pathogens during aerobic composting at sublethal temperatures. J. Food Prot. 78:302-310.

Erickson, M.C., C. Smith, X. Jiang, I.D. Flitcroft, and M.P. Doyle. 2015. Survival of Salmonella or Escherichia coli O157:H7 during holding of manure-based compost mixtures at sublethal temperatures as influenced by the carbon amendment. J. Food Prot. 78:248-255.

Webb, C.C., M.C. Erickson, L.E. Davey, and M.P. Doyle. 2015. Evaluation of single or double hurdle sanitizer applications in simulated field or packing shed operations for cantaloupes contaminated with Listeria moncytogenes. Agriculture 5:231-244.

Webb, C.C., M.C. Erickson, L.E. Davey, and M.P. Doyle. 2015. Effectiveness of levulinic acid and sodium dodecyl sulfate employed as a sanitizer during harvest or packing of cantaloupes contaminated with Salmonella Poona. Int. J. Food Microbiol. 207:71-76.

Erickson, M.C., J. Liao, L. Ma, X. Jiang, and M.P. Doyle. 2014. Thermal and non-thermal factors affecting survival of Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes in animal manure-based compost mixtures. J. Food Prot. 77:1512-1518.

Erickson, M.C., J. Liao, X. Jiang, and M.P. Doyle. 2014. Contribution of chemical and physical factors to zoonotic pathogen inactivation during chicken manure composting. Agriculture, Food and Analytical Bacteriology 4:96-108.

Erickson, M.C., C.C. Webb, L.E. Davey, A.S. Payton, I.D. Flitcroft, and M.P. Doyle. 2014. Internalization and fate of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in leafy green phyllosphere tissue using various spray conditions. J. Food Prot. 77:713-721.

Erickson, M.C., C.C. Webb, L.E. Davey, A.S. Payton, I.D. Flitcroft, and M.P. Doyle. 2014. Biotic and abiotic variables affecting internalization and fate of Escherichia coli O157:H7 isolates in leafy green roots. J. Food Prot. 77:872-879.

Erickson, M.C., C.C. Webb, J.C. Diaz-Perez, L.E. Davey, A.S. Payton, I.D. Flitcroft, S.C. Phatak, and M.P. Doyle. 2014. Absence of internalization of Escherichia coli O157:H7 into germinating tissue of field-grown leafy greens. J. Food Prot. 77:189-196.

Erickson, M.C., M.Y. Habteselassie, J. Liao, C.C. Webb, V. Mantripragada, L.E. Davey, and M.P. Doyle. 2014. Examination of factors for use as potential predictors of human enteric pathogen survival in soil. J. Appl. Microbiol. 116:335-349.

Erickson, M.C., C. Smith, X. Jiang, I.D. Flitcroft, and M.P. Doyle. 2014. Survival of Salmonella enterica and Listeria monocytogenes in manure-based compost mixtures at sublethal temperatures. Agricult. Food Anal. Bacteriol. 4:224-238.

Webb, C.C., M.C. Erickson, L.E. Davey, A.S. Payton, and M.P. Doyle. 2014. Construction and characterization of outbreak Escherichia coli O157:H7 surrogate strains for use in field studies. Foodborne Path. Dis. 11:893-899.

Erickson, M.C., C.C. Webb, J.C. Diaz-Perez, L.E. Davey, A.S. Payton, I.D. Flitcroft, S.C. Phatak, and M.P. Doyle. 2013. Internalization of Escherichia coli O157:H7 following spraying of cut shoots when leafy greens are regrown for a second crop. J. Food Prot. 76:2052-2056.

Erickson, M.C., J. Liao, A.S. Payton, C.C. Webb, L. Ma, G. Zhang, I. Flitcroft, M.P. Doyle, and L.R. Beuchat. 2013. Fate of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella in soil and lettuce roots as affected by potential home gardening practices. J. Sci. Food Agric. 93:3841-3849.

Webb, C.C., L.E. Davey, M. Erickson, and M.P. Doyle. 2013. Evaluation of levulinic acid and sodium dodecyl sulfate as a sanitizer for use in processing Georgia-grown cantaloupes. J. Food Prot. 76:1767-1772.

Harris, L.J., E.D. Berry, T. Blessington, M. Erickson, M. Jay-Russell, X. Jiang, K. Killinger, F.G. Michel, Jr., P. Millner, K. Schneider, M. Sharma, T.V. Suslow, L. Wang, and R.W. Worobo. 2013. A framework for developing research protocols for evaluation of microbial hazards and controls during production that pertain to the application of untreated soil amendments of animal origin on land used to grow produce that may be consumed raw.  J. Food Prot. 76:1062-1084.

Wang, Q., M.C. Erickson, Y. Ortega, and J.L. Cannon. 2013. Physical removal and transfer of murine norovirus and hepatitis A virus from contaminated produce by scrubbing and peeling.  J. Food Prot. 76:85-92.

Wang, Q., M. Erickson, Y.R. Ortega, and J.L. Cannon. 2013. The fate of murine norovirus and hepatitis A virus during preparation of fresh produce by cutting and grating.  Food Environ. Virol. DOI 10.1007/s12560-012-9099-4.

Erickson, M.C. 2012. Internalization of fresh produce by foodborne pathogens.  Annu. Rev. Food Sci. Technol. 3:283-310.

Doyle, M.P. and M.C. Erickson. 2012. Opportunities for mitigating pathogen contamination during on-farm food production.  Int. J. Food Microbiol. 152:54-74.

Shepherd, M.W., J. Kim, X.P. Jiang, M.P. Doyle, and M.C. Erickson. 2011. Evaluation of physical coverings used to control Escherichia coli O157:H7 at the compost heap surface. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 77:5044-5049.

Erickson, M.C., C.C. Webb, J.C. Diaz-Perez, S.C. Phatak, J.J. Silvoy, L. Davey, A.S. Payton, J. Liao, L. Ma, and M.P. Doyle. 2010. Infrequent internalization of Escherichia coli O157:H7 into field-grown leafy greens. J. Food Prot. 73:500-506.

Erickson, M.C., C.C. Webb, J.C. Diaz-Perez, S.C. Phatak, J.J. Silvoy, L. Davey, A.S. Payton, J. Liao, L. Ma, and M.P. Doyle. 2010. Surface and internalized Escherichia coli O157:H7 on field-grown spinach and lettuce treated with spray-contaminated irrigation water. J. Food Prot. 73:1023-1029.

Erickson, M.C., J. Liao, G. Boyhan, C. Smith, L. Ma, X. Jiang, and M.P. Doyle. 2010. Fate of manure-borne pathogen surrogates in static composting piles of chicken litter and peanut hulls.  Bioresource Technol. 101:1014-1020.

Erickson, M.C., J. Liao, A.S. Payton, D.G. Riley, C.C. Webb, L.E. Davey, S. Kimbrel, L. Ma, G.D. Zhang, I. Flitcroft, M.P. Doyle, and L.R. Beuchat. 2010. Preharvest internalization of Eschcerichia coli O157:H7 into lettuce leaves, as affected by insect and physical damage. J. Food Prot. 73:1809-1816.