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Kurt Houf
Ghent University
167Publications
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#1Zhongjia Yu (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 1
#2Maria Francesca Peruzy (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 3
Last.Kurt Houf (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 39
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Abstract Examination of the bacterial contamination on food products is still largely performed by standardized culture methods, though culture-independent methods are suggested as a more reliable approach. Knowledge of the diversity of bacteria isolated from food as well as the impact of the plate incubation conditions applied are still understudied. The impact of incubation at 7 °C and 30 °C on total aerobic bacterial count and diversity, and the performance of ISO methods generally applied in...
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#1Maria Francesca Peruzy (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 3
#2Nicoletta Murru (University of Naples Federico II)H-Index: 7
Last.Kurt Houf (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 39
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Abstract Wild boars (Sus scrofa) are the most widely distributed large mammals and recent increase in consumption of wild boar meat urges the need of microbiological quality criteria. The aim of the study was to characterize the initial bacterial contamination on freshly-killed wild boar meat using a culture-dependent approach with ISO-methods combined with matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry identification and 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing. Moreover, the ...
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#1Maria Francesca Peruzy (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 3
#2Nicoletta Murru (University of Naples Federico II)H-Index: 7
Last.Kurt Houf (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 39
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Abstract Routine evaluation of bacterial contamination in minced pork is still mainly performed by the enumeration of indicator bacteria, including total aerobic colony count and E. coli, using standardized isolation methods. However, the bacterial community structure as well as the effect of the storage time and temperature on the aerobic plate count are largely unknown for this matrix. The aim of the study was to characterize the microbial community in minced pork by 16S rRNA amplicon sequenci...
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#2Dirk Vogelaers (Ghent University Hospital)H-Index: 43
Last.Kurt Houf (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 39
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Abstract Arcobacters are considered emerging gastrointestinal pathogens. Rapid, reliable and species-specific identification of these bacteria is important. Biochemical tests commonly yield negative or variable results. Molecular methods prove more reliable but are time consuming and lack specificity. Matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization-time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) is a fast, cheap and robust technique that has revolutionized genus and species identification in clinica...
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#1Glynnis Devos (UGent: Ghent University)
#2Christel Moons (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 13
Last.Kurt Houf (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 39
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Data on slaughter and stunning protocols in Belgian poultry abattoirs were collected, and subsequently the survival rate after electrical waterbath stunning in 1,400 animals across 7 selected slaughterhouses was determined. The majority of the abattoirs applied electrical waterbath stunning (72%), whereas the other methods were gas stunning (13%), head-only stunning (6%), and dry stunning (3%). In 6% of the slaughterhouses, the birds were killed without previous stunning, according to religious ...
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#1Jerneja Zupančič (University of Ljubljana)H-Index: 5
#2Prem K. Raghupathi (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 3
Last.Nina Gunde-Cimerman (University of Ljubljana)H-Index: 40
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Biofilms formed on rubber seals in dishwashers harbour diverse microbiota. In this study, we focussed on the microbial composition of bacteria and fungi, isolated from a defined area of one square centimetre of rubber from four domestic dishwashers and assessed their abilities to in-vitro multispecies biofilm formation. A total of 80 isolates (64 bacterial and 16 fungal) were analysed. Multiple combinations of bacterial isolates from each dishwasher were screened for synergistic interactions. 32...
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#1Prem K. Raghupathi (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 3
#2Jerneja Zupančič (University of Ljubljana)H-Index: 5
Last.Søren J. Sørensen (UCPH: University of Copenhagen)H-Index: 57
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Extreme habitats are not only limited to natural environments, but also apply to man-made systems, for instance household appliances such as dishwashers. Limiting factors, such as high temperatures, high and low pH, high NaCl concentrations, presence of detergents and shear force from water during washing cycles define the microbial survival in this extreme system. Fungal and bacterial diversity in biofilms isolated from rubber seals of 24 different household dishwashers were investigated using ...
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#1Prem K. Raghupathi (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 3
#2Wenzheng Liu (UCPH: University of Copenhagen)H-Index: 4
Last.Søren J. Sørensen (UCPH: University of Copenhagen)H-Index: 57
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Biofilm formation has been shown to confer protection against grazing, but little information is available on the effect of grazing on biofilm formation and protection in multispecies consortia. With most biofilms in nature being composed of multiple bacterial species, the interactions and dynamics of a multispecies bacterial biofilm subject to grazing by a pelagic protozoan predator were investigated. To this end, a mono and multispecies biofilms of four bacterial soil isolates, namely Xanthomo...
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#1Stephen L. W. On (LU: Lincoln University (Pennsylvania))H-Index: 40
#2William G. Miller (USDA: United States Department of Agriculture)H-Index: 34
Last.Peter Vandamme (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 90
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Ongoing changes in taxonomic methods, and in the rapid development of the taxonomic structure of species assigned to the Epsilonproteobacteria have lead the International Committee of Systematic Bacteriology Subcommittee on the Taxonomy of Campylobacter and Related Bacteria to discuss significant updates to previous minimal standards for describing new species of Campylobacteraceae and Helicobacteraceae. This paper is the result of these discussions and proposes minimum requirements for the desc...
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#1Ellen Lambrecht (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 4
#2Julie Baré (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 15
Last.Kurt Houf (UGent: Ghent University)H-Index: 39
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The formation of robust resting cysts enables Acanthamoeba to resist harsh environmental conditions. This study investigated to what extent these cysts are resistant to physical and chemical stresses as applied in food industry cleaning and disinfection procedures. Moreover, it was assessed whether certain intracystic meat-borne bacterial pathogens are more stress resistant than free-living bacterial monocultures and if intracystic passage and subsequent association with trophozoites induces cro...
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