Maeli Melotto’s lab focuses on food safety-related issues, such as how human pathogens like E. coli and Salmonella can live and survive on plants. Melotto organized a national conference which allowed plant breeders and the food safety side to brainstorm solutions for food safety.
In this podcast, Gail Taylor talks about the difficulties in breeding leafy greens for food safety and why it’s imperative to begin thinking about how plant breeders can contribute to food safety. In the future, Taylor really wants to have the ability to breed a safer-to-eat lettuce.
Understanding the steps in metabolic and biochemical pathways is difficult to determine. Scientists at UC Davis and Ben-Gurion University applied machine learning (artificial intelligence) techniques to this problem in tomatoes, and predicted new, previously unknown metabolic pathways.