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Researchers improve biosensors to detect E. coli
June 13, 2016

By Erik Gomez, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture intern

yuehe-LinPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a portable biosensor that makes it easier to detect harmful bacteria.

Nature’s pooper scoopers: Can dung beetles aid food safety?
September 30, 2014

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

beetle-80PULLMAN, Wash. – For farmers, especially organic farmers, who are increasingly challenged by food safety guidelines, dung beetles could provide an elegant solution to a vexing problem. Entomologists at Washington State University are investigating whether the insects could suppress harmful foodborne pathogens in the soil before they spread to humans.

Preventing foodborne illness, naturally – with cinnamon
July 16, 2014

By Rachel Webber, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

cinnamon-oil-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Seeking ways to prevent some of the most serious foodborne illnesses caused by pathogenic bacteria, two Washington State University scientists have found promise in an ancient but common cooking spice: cinnamon.