LASER DIAGNOSTICS OF MICROBIAL POPULATIONS IN FOOD PROCESSING SYSTEMS.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$249,000.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
1327
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
American Research Corp. Of Va
P.o. Box 3406, Radford, VA, 24143
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Russell J. Churchill
() -
Business Contact:
(703) 639-9542
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES REQUIRE MICROBIAL AND METABOLITE DATA FOR INGREDIENT CONTROL AND PRODUCT OPTIMIZATION. CURRENT MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES DO NOT PROVIDE SUFFICIENT SPEED OF RESPONSE TO PERMIT THEIR USE IN ON-LINE PRODUCT DIAGNOSIS AND CONTROL. TO ALLEVIATE THIS SITUATION THE PRESENT PROPOSAL SUGGESTS THE APPLICATION OF LASER TECHNOLOGY TO THE MONITORING AND QUALITY CONTROL OF MICROBIAL POPULATIONS IN FOOD PROCESSING FACILITIES. THE TARGET OF OPPORTUNITY IS THE COMBINATION OF LASER INDUCED FLUORESCENT SIGNATURES WITH ON-LINE DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS TO BROADEN CURRENT CAPABILITIES IN THE RAPID DETERMINATION OF MICROBIAL STATE. SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE PROPOSED RESEARCH OBJECTIVES WOULD RESULT IN THE CONCEPTUAL DESIGN OF AN INSTRUMENTATION SYSTEM FOR EXTENSIVE FIELD TESTING AND PROTOTYPE DEVELOPMENT IN PHASE II OF THE PROGRAM.

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