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Emerging risks in seafood

Emerging risks in seafood

This webinar will cover two topics ‘Microbial Threats Affecting Global Seafood’ and ‘Pathogenic Vibrios - The Microbial Barometer of Climate Change’.

Date: 25 November 2020
Time: 10:30-12:00


Microbial Threats Affecting Global Seafood will be presented by Dr. Mags Crumlish (BSc., MSc., PhD) senior lecturer at the Institute of Aquaculture (IoA), University of Stirling.

Dr. Mags Crumlish has worked in the field of global aquaculture for 20 years, focusing on identification of bacterial infections and mitigation strategies against clinical disease outbreaks in global aquaculture systems. Her current research activities include vaccine development against Aeromonas and Edwardsiella species, identifying alternatives to antimicrobials in aquaculture, alteration of the fish microbiome. She is developing the area of microbial seafood safety in University of Stirling, including research on fermented seafood products and novel detection methods for Listeria monocytogenes in seafood products. She is also the Director for Learning & Teaching in IoA, and currently supervises a team of 2 post-docs, 4 PhD students and 1 research technician.

This presentation will cover the following topics, using specific examples to illustrate the risk to human health.

  • Contribution of aquaculture in global seafood sector
  • Diversity of production systems and species
  • Public health risks from aquatic food including case studies of emerging issues
  • Identify the global challenges

Pathogenic Vibrios - The Microbial Barometer of Climate Change will be presented by Craig Baker-Austin, microbiologist in the Food Safety group at CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences).

As a senior research scientist at Cefas, Craig has extensive experience in the field of molecular and public health microbiology. Recognised by the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation) of the United Nations and the WHO ( World Health Organisation) as an international expert on waterborne and foodborne pathogens, Craigs research interests bridge the gap between marine microbiology, molecular biology and waterborne/foodborne disease emergence.

This presentation will provide a succinct overview of the following topics:

  • The emergence and risks associated with pathogenic vibrios
  • Drawing on numerous foodborne disease incidents Craig will outline why these bacteria represent a fascinating and important group of emerging pathogens, that can only be fully understood using a multidisciplinary approach to study.

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