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Improved physiological, immunological and molecular tools
for the recovery and identification of emerging campylobacteriaceae
in the food and water chain

Contract number : QLK1-2002-02201
Contract type : Shared Cost Project
Total cost : Under negotiation
EC contribution : Under negotiation
Starting date : not yet determined
Duration : 36 Months
Scientific Officer : Antonio di Giulio
Project website : not yet available
Prof. Dr C. William Keevil
University of Southampton
School of Biological Sciences
Bassett Crescent East
SO16 7PX Southampton
United Kingdom
Tel.: +44-2380-594726
Fax: +44-2380-594459
E-mail: cwk @

At present there remains a lack of information on the prevalence of emerging campylobacteriaceae in the epidemiology of gastro-enteritis worldwide. Until formal studies are established using methods capable of isolating and identifying these bacteria, the extent of their clinical relevance will remain an unknown. Even when the clinical picture has been addressed, there is hardly any information on the environmental or animal reservoirs that harbour these new campylobacteriaceae. Indeed the approved isolation procedures across Europe and elsewhere are designed to primarily isolate thermo-tolerant Campylobacter spp. such as C. jejuni and C. coli and are known not to isolate these emerging campylobacteriaceae.

Therefore, this project involves leading laboratories from the EU, USA and South Africa for the isolation and immunological and molecular identification of emerging campylobacteriaceae in patient and animal faeces and the food and water chain.


The global objective of this project is to develop improved physiological, immunological and molecular tools for the recovery of emerging campylobacteriaceae in the food and water chain and communicate the risk exposure to stakeholders. This information will enable stakeholders to formulate their own risk management strategies.

(expected) Results and achievements
  • Development of quantitative resuscitation and culture techniques to detect emerging campylobacteriaceae of clinical and veterinary importance
  • Establishment of culture collection and DNA bank
  • Development of sensitive antibodies for ELISA and dipstick detection, and latex identification
  • Development of complementary molecular and biochemical techniques for identification and typing
  • National surveys to characterise prevalence of campylobacteriaceae in human and animal faeces, and in the food and water chains
  • Determination of the quantitative risk exposure of these new species throughout the food chain
  • Communication of the risk exposure to stakeholders, including a workshop


Oxoid Ltd
Wade Road
RG24 8PW Basingstoke
United Kingdom
Teagasc, The National Food Centre
Dunsinea, Castleknock
15 Dublin
Microgen Bioproducts Limited
1 Admiralty Way
GU15 3DT Camberley
United Kingdom
Department of Food Science
Alma Mater Studiorum
University of Bologna
Via S. Giacomo 9
40126 Bologna
Danish Veterinary Institute
Bülowsvej 27
1790 Copenhagen V
Department of Medical Microbiology
Medical School
University of Cape Town
Anzio Road, Observatory,
7925 Cape Town
South Africa
Western Regional Research Center
Produce Safety and Microbiology
800 Buchanan Street
94710 Albany, California
United States
Poultry Microbiological Safety Research Unit
950 College Station Rd.
30605-2720 Athens, Georgia
United States

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