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Biography Anette McLeod

I belong to the research area «Food safety and quality» and work as a post doc in the project «Pathogens in the food chain – persistence, elimination and risk management». At Nofima’s Pathogen pilot plant, we can study life-threatening bacteria in a realistic production environment in order to prevent serious food poisoning. We can produce, package and prepare various types of food, add bacteria, investigate how they behave, and develop methods that ensure safe food. I am involved in research on enterohemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) in dry fermented sausages. I also work with various methods, such as UV treatment, to reduce spoilage-causing and pathogenic bacteria on different food products.
I previously took my PhD in molecular microbiology at Nofima («Lactobacillus sakei – metabolism and diversity»), and I worked as a post doc in the European project «SysMO-LAB2» which focused on comparative systems biology of different lactic acid bacterial species.I am still involved in work with the lactic acid bacterial species Lactobacillus (L.) plantarum og L. sakei. Our aim is to increase the knowledge on the primary metabolism of different food isolates. L. plantarum is found in various environments including vegetal and meat fermentations, and in the human intestinal tract, and it is associated with positive health effects (probiotic), while L. sakei is specialized to grow and survive on meat and meat products. It is often used as starter cultures for industrial production of fermented sausages and it has great potential as a biopreservative culture in meat and fish products. The omics-technologies are central in this work.

Anette has 9 scientific publications in Cristin:

Holck, Askild Lorentz; Axelsson, Lars; McLeod, Anette; Rode, Tone Mari; Heir, Even; 2017: Health and safety considerations of fermented sausages

McLeod, Anette; Færgestad, Ellen Mosleth; Rud, Ida; Branco dos Santos, Filipe; Snipen, Lars; Liland, Kristian Hovde; Axelsson, Lars; 2017: Effects of glucose availability in Lactobacillus sakei; metabolic change and regulation of the proteome and transcriptome

McLeod, Anette; Måge, Ingrid; Heir, Even; Axelsson, Lars; Holck, Askild Lorentz; 2016: Effect of relevant environmental stresses on survival of enterohemorrhagic Esherichia coli in dry-fermented sausage

McLeod, Anette; Brede, Dag Anders; Rud, Ida; Axelsson, Lars; 2013: Genome sequence of Lactobacillus sakei subsp. sakei LS 25, a commercial starter culture strain for fermented sausage

McLeod, Anette; Snipen, Lars; Naterstad, Kristine; Axelsson, Lars; 2011: Global transcriptome response in Lactobacillus sakei during growth on ribose

Nyquist, Otto Ludvig; McLeod, Anette; Brede, Dag Anders; Snipen, Lars; Aakra, Ågot; Nes, Ingolf F.; 2011: Comparative genomics of Lactobacillus sakei with emphasis on strains from meat

McLeod, Anette; Zagorec, Monique; Champomier-Verges, Marie-Christine; Naterstad, Kristine; Axelsson, Lars; 2010: Primary metabolism in Lactobacillus sakei food isolates by proteomic analysis

McLeod, Anette; Nyquist, Otto Ludvig; Snipen, Lars; Naterstad, Kristine; Axelsson, Lars; 2008: Diversity of Lactobacillus sakei strains investigated by phenotypic and genotypic methods

Takle, Harald Rune; Andersen, Øivind; McLeod, Anette; 2006: Cloning and characterization of the executioner caspases 3, 6, 7 and Hsp70 in hyperthermic Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) embryos