Researchers from the University of Notre Dame and Purdue University have received a three-year grant of $500,000 from the US Department of Agriculture. The goal is to develop new technology that can rapidly test milk and other dairy products for harmful pathogens.
While the research will be applicable to multiple microorganisms, a University of Notre Dame release states the team’s first goal is to reduce the incidence of brucellosis. Ramesh Vemulapalli, professor of veterinary immunology at Purdue says while brucellosis isn’t commonly seen in developed countries – there are concerns about the spreading of pathogens because of increased global tourism and immigration.
Researchers are using the funding to develop and construct a portable device that can analyze a food sample and provide results within 15 minutes.