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Kurt Houf
Ghent University
152Publications
33H-index
2,954Citations
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Published on Sep 1, 2019in Food Microbiology 4.09
Zhongjia Yu (UGent: Ghent University), Maria Francesca Peruzy2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UGent: Ghent University)
+ 2 AuthorsKurt Houf33
Estimated H-index: 33
(UGent: Ghent University)
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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Published on Feb 1, 2019in International Journal of Food Microbiology 4.01
Maria Francesca Peruzy2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UGent: Ghent University),
Nicoletta Murru6
Estimated H-index: 6
(University of Naples Federico II)
+ 4 AuthorsKurt Houf33
Estimated H-index: 33
(UGent: Ghent University)
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 sequenc...
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Published on Sep 1, 2018in Journal of Microbiological Methods 1.80
Anne-Marie Van den Abeele9
Estimated H-index: 9
,
Dirk Vogelaers42
Estimated H-index: 42
(Ghent University Hospital)
+ 2 AuthorsKurt Houf33
Estimated H-index: 33
(UGent: Ghent University)
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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Published on Sep 1, 2018in Poultry Science 2.03
Glynnis Devos1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UGent: Ghent University),
G Devos (UGent: Ghent University)+ 0 AuthorsKurt Houf33
Estimated H-index: 33
(UGent: Ghent University)
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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Published on Jan 30, 2018in Frontiers in Microbiology 4.26
Jerneja Zupančič3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Ljubljana),
Prem K. Raghupathi2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UGent: Ghent University)
+ 3 AuthorsNina Gunde-Cimerman38
Estimated H-index: 38
(University of Ljubljana)
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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Published on Jan 12, 2018in Applied and Environmental Microbiology 4.08
Prem K. Raghupathi2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UGent: Ghent University),
Jerneja Zupančič3
Estimated H-index: 3
(University of Ljubljana)
+ 5 AuthorsSøren J. Sørensen54
Estimated H-index: 54
(UCPH: University of Copenhagen)
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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Published on Jan 9, 2018in Frontiers in Microbiology 4.26
Prem K. Raghupathi2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UGent: Ghent University),
Wenzheng Liu2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UCPH: University of Copenhagen)
+ 3 AuthorsSøren J. Sørensen54
Estimated H-index: 54
(UCPH: University of Copenhagen)
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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Stephen L. W. On3
Estimated H-index: 3
(LU: Lincoln University (Pennsylvania)),
William G. Miller32
Estimated H-index: 32
(USDA: United States Department of Agriculture)
+ 2 AuthorsPeter Vandamme74
Estimated H-index: 74
(UGent: Ghent University)
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 des...
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Published on Jul 15, 2017in Applied and Environmental Microbiology 4.08
Ellen Lambrecht4
Estimated H-index: 4
(UGent: Ghent University),
Julie Baré15
Estimated H-index: 15
(UGent: Ghent University)
+ 1 AuthorsKurt Houf33
Estimated H-index: 33
(UGent: Ghent University)
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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