Examining agar plates for bacterial counts Courtesy Photo
Kenda Jackson examines blood agar plates in studies that tested the effect of certain antibiotics on detection of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli bacteria in cattle. Jackson recently graduated from Tuskegee University in Alabama. She was an intern in the Nebraska laboratory of Rodney A. Moxley as part of a USDA Coordinated Agricultural Project grant investigating harmful E. coli strains.

E. coli project generates new detection, control methods

Research program involves scientists and educators from 18 institutions who so far have published 77 refereed journal articles describing their findings.

After making strides in the detection and control of a dangerous microbe that has bedeviled the beef industry, a broad-ranging research program examining Escherichia coli will continue at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at least through 2017.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln was tapped in 2011 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food & Agriculture to lead a $25 million project to investigate Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC

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