University of South Africa

10/11/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/12/2018 00:23

Still worried about listeriosis?

The open access peer-reviewed book, Listeria Monocytogenes, edited by Unisa's Dr Monde Nyila, will fill you in on the use of medicinal plants in treating symptoms associated with this food-borne pathogen.

The book describes different topics that deal with L. monocytogenes in medical research, modelling the behaviour of the organism in meat, quality assurance of raw food material and food products, the impact of environmental stresses in virulence traits of L. monocytogenes relevant to food safety, contamination, prevention and control in food processing and food service environments.

The aim of this book is to introduce the reader to different approaches, methods, and tools in understanding the pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes, with regard to primary and public health, food safety, pathogenicity, virulence, and its ubiquity. Topics covered in this book deal with L. monocytogenes in medical research, modelling the behaviour of the organism in meat, quality assurance of raw food material and food products, the impact of environmental stresses in virulence traits of L. monocytogenes relevant to food safety, contamination, prevention and control in food processing and food services environments.

About the editor

Dr Monde Nyila has the following qualifications: PhD in plant science from the University of Pretoria, MSc Environmental Biotechnology from Rhodes University, and BSc Honours from the University of the Western Cape.

He is a senior lecturer at Unisa where he is involved in teaching, research, and community engagement. He is supervising master's and PhD students. Nyila has co-published articles and the book chapter on Listeria monocytogenes, foodborne pathogens and medicinal plants.

He is passionate about research that involves Listeria monocytogenes and the use of medicinal plants in treating symptoms associated with listeriosis. Nyila is also passionate about food safety and foodborne pathogen research.