Biography Trond Møretrø
Research work I belong to the microbiology group at Nofima at Ås where I mainly work with projects focusing on understanding how microorganisms grow and survive in food and in the food industry. More specifically I work with stress responses to acid, disinfectants, etc. and biofilm formation of food associated bacteria. For this purpose we are using both general microbiological methods and molecular methods, recently including whole genome sequencing. I am also involved in work using spectroscopy (FT-IR) for classification and identification of microorganisms. Much of my work involves applied projects together with food industry with focus on food quality and food safety. Examples are industry project with Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella, foodborne viruses and quality reducing bacteria and moulds. We work with suppliers of cleaning agents and disinfectants to improve the hygiene in the food industry.Education MS in general microbiology from University of Bergen, Norway (1995) a
nd PhD in microbiology/biotechnology (studies on bacteriocins from lactic acid bacteria) from Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway (2000).
Trond Møretrø has 107 publications at Nofima:
1. April 2019 – 31. March 2023
The objective of the «PathoSeq» project is to prepare Norwegian food industry for the challenges and possibilities of using modern DNA sequencing technologies for surveillance and control of foodborne pathogenic bacteria. The focus is on Listeria monocytogenes, considered the largest food safety challenge in Norwegian food processing industry.
1. January 2017 – 31. December 2020
The main goal of the strategic research program FoodMicro-Pack is to contribute to production and offering of safe and durable food, optimal packaging concepts and reduced food waste in the Norwegian food sector.