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Using sequencing technologies to provide solutions to the agricultural industry: Investigating the microbiome in dairy production systems and taking food safety to the next frontier

Erika Ganda, DVM, PhD, Assistant Professor of Food Animal Microbiomes, Department of Animal Science, Penn State University

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November 14, 2019, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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252 Erickson Food Science Building

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Food production is intensively dependent on the microbiome in many ways: previous research has demonstrated the impacts of microbes have on soil health, plant production, animal protein production through ruminal fermentation, and animal health through the various roles that the microbiome plays in the onset and resolution of disease. Microbiomes not only play a role in producing the food we consume, but also in keeping our food safe.

In face of the predicted global population growth, measures must be taken to meet the needs of animal protein production forecasted, and to keep the food produced safe for human consumption.

Animals, food, and their microbiome are in fact, super-organisms, and we face a great opportunity to leverage the powerhouse that is the microbiome to improve animal health, productivity, and food safety.

In this seminar, we will demonstrate how innovative technologies have been used to investigate animal health and food safety, and how we are working on the development of practices and approaches that can be applied to the agricultural industry.