Mars Presents ePoster On Cutting Edge Science At ASM Microbe 2020 Online Event


The Mars Global Food Safety Center (GFSC) was proud to present an ‘e-poster’ on ground-breaking research from its Microbial Risk Management Program at the prestigious ASM Microbe 2020.

The online event which took place on July 22 and is hosted by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM),  brought dynamic, cutting edge science to the comfort of peoples’ homes, with access to e-posters and keynote speeches from experts live in the field, together with track related content with a curated selection of on-demand sessions.

The e-poster is available for a limited time on the ASM website. Please register for free here  to view Evaluation of Real-time Nanopore Sequencing for Salmonella Serotype Prediction.

The Mars GFSC e-poster highlights the study undertaken by researchers at the Mars GFSC, the University of Georgia and Cornell University to evaluate Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT) long-read sequencing platform and develop a method for completing WGS to determine Salmonella serotypes in just two hours and the whole identification process within eight hours.

WGS has been shown to provide reliable results for Salmonella serotype prediction. The conventional scientific process for identifying bacteria’s family – known as serotyping – can be time consuming. For Salmonella, it used to take three days, and in some cases more than 12 days to assign a final classification for complex serovars.

Silin Tang, Senior Research Scientist in Food Microbiology and Food Safety at the Mars GFSC, said: “It was a great honor to present our e-poster at ASM Microbe 2020 and highlight the work Mars has been doing with global partners to evaluate Oxford Nanopore Technologies long-read sequencing platform for Salmonella serotype prediction. The Mars GFSC has set ambitious targets for microbial risk management, aiming to transform risk management from reactive to predictive and preventative through new technologies and methodologies. We are committed to sharing the knowledge and tools we gather and making them available to all to help elevate operating standards and enable safe food for all.”