-Identification of microorganisms that constitute a human health hazard by means of traditional microbiology and molecular biology (real-time PCR, PCR-RFLP);
-Study of the prevalence of persistent bacterial strains and zoonotic parasites in food chain;
-In vitro isolation, identification and genotyping of major zoonotic parasites (Toxoplasma gondii, Echinococcus granulosus);
-Detection of genetic sequences responsible for virulence in foodborne pathogens (Salmonella spp., L. monocytogenes, E. coli verocitossici);
-Evaluation of antimicrobial resistance using both phenotypic and molecular methods (E. coli);
-Associations between animal-based welfare measures and indicators of food safety.
- Surveillance of carbapenem-resistant bacteria infections in hospitalized patients and potential transmission from pigs to humans in Parma province
- Epidemiological survey of Salmonella and Yersinia infections in wild boars hunted in Parma province
- Photoinactivation studies of Listeria monocytogenes
DEL RIO Daniele
The Team led by Prof. Del Rio has set its research focus on the evaluation of the health effects of dietary phytochemicals. Specifically, the team is internationally recognized in the field of polyphenols and human health.