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Essential Oils and Their Components as Natural Antimicrobials

Essential-oils Use of essential oils and their components to fight spoilage and pathogenic bacteria and investigation of their mechanism of action by using omics procedures.

Activity start 2005
Publications - Di Pasqua, R., De Feo, V., Villani, F., Mauriello, G. (2005) In vitro antimicrobial activity of essential oils from Mediterranean Apiaceae, Verbenaceae and Lamiaceae against foodborne pathogens and spoilage bacteria. Annals of Microbiology 55:139-143. (Q4)
- Di Pasqua, R., Hoskins, N., Betts, G., Mauriello, G. (2006) Changes in membrane fatty acids composition of microbial cells induced by addiction of thymol, carvacrol, limonene, cinnamaldehyde, and eugenol in the growing media. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 54:2745-2749. (Q1)
- Di Pasqua, R.,  Betts, G., Hoskins, N., Edwards, M. Ercolini, D.,  Mauriello, G. (2007) Membrane toxicity of antimicrobial compounds from essential oils. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 55:4863-4870. (Q1)
- Di Pasqua, R., Mamone, G.,  Ferranti, P., Ercolini, D., Mauriello, G. (2010) Changes in the proteome of Salmonella enterica serovar Thompson as stress adaptation to sublethal concentrations of thymol. Proteomics 10:1040:1049. (Q1)
- La Storia, A.,  Ercolini, D., Marinello, F., Di Pasqua, R., Villani, F.,  Mauriello, G. (2011) Atomic force microscopy analysis shows surface structure changes in carvacrol-treated bacterial cells. Research in Microbiology 162:164-172. (Q2)
- Di Pasqua, R., Mauriello, G., Mamone, G., Ercolini, D. (2013) Expression of DnaK, HtpG, GroEL and Tf chaperones and the corresponding encoding genes during growth of Salmonella Thompson in presence of thymol alone or in combination with salt and cold stress. Food Research International 52:153-159. (Q1)
Permanent staff Gianluigi Mauriello - Prof. Associato AGR/16, Francesco Villani - Prof. Ordinario AGR/16, Danilo Ercolini - Prof. Associato AGR/16
Temporary or external staff Rosangela Di Pasqua - Borsista
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Projects - PRIN 2005 - Impiego di sostanze di aroma di origine vegetale per il miglioramento della qualità microbiologica dei prodotti alimentari. Responsabile di Unità Operativa. Importo finanziato 15.000 €.
- RICERCA CORRENTE 2011 - Studio della patogenicità dei ceppi di Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica di origine alimentare e messa a punto di metodiche rapide di fingerprintig. Ministero della Salute. Responsabile di Unità Operativa. Importo finanziato 15.000 €. 
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