2016 Research Outputs

2016 was another year of notable research productivity with a variety of peer-reviewed original research articles, book chapters, and books from the eBeam Center. These work products are aimed at advancing eBeam technology around the world.

Peer reviewed, refereed journal articles

Smith, B., A. Ortega, S. Shayanfar, and S.D. Pillai (2016). Preserving Quality of Fresh Cut Watermelon Cubes for Vending Distribution by Low-Dose Electron Beam Processing. Food Control DOI 10.1016/j.foodcont.2016.02.01

Shayanfar, S., K. Mena, and S.D. Pillai (2016) Quantifying the Reduction in Potential Infection Risks from Non-O157 Shiga Toxin Producing E.coli in Strawberries by Low Dose Electron Beam Processing. Food Control 72:324-327

Wang, L., B. Batchelor, S.D. Pillai and V.S.V. Botlaguduru. (2016). Electron beam treatment for potable water reuse: removal of bromate and perfluorooctanoic acid. Chemical Engineering Journal. 302: 58-68

Trudeau, M.P., H. Verma, F. Sampedro, P.E. Urriola, G.C. Shurson, J. McKelvey, S.D. Pillai and S.M. Goyal. (2016). Comparison of thermal and non-thermal processing of swine feed and the use of selected feed additives on inactivation of porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) PloSOne 11: e0158128

Zemboua, M.Kaci, S. Bruzard, J-L. Audic, S.Shayanfar and S. D. Pillai. (2016). Electron beam radiation effects on properties and ecotoxicity of PHBV/PLA blends in presence of organo-modified montmorillonite. Polymer Degradation and Stability. 132: 117-126

Madera-Santana, T.J., R. Melendrez, G. Gonzalez-Garcia, P. Quintana-Owen and S.D. Pillai. (2016). Effect of gamma irradiation on physicochemical properties of commercial poly(lactic acid) clamshell for food packaging. Radiation Physics and Chemistry 123: 6-13.

Rocha, J.N., N.D. Cohen, A.I. Borden, C.N. Brake, S. Giguere, M.C. Coleman, R.C. Alaniz, S.D. Lawhon, W. Mwangi and S.D. Pillai. (2016) Oral administration of electron-beam inactivated Rhodococcus equi failed to protect foals against intrabronchial infection with live, virulent R. equi. PloSOne 11(2):e0148111. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.014811

Graduate level Textbook/Lab Manual

Pillai, S.D., and J.A. McKelvey 2016. Molecular Methods for the Detection and Characterization of Foodborne and Environmental Pathogens DEStech Publications, Inc. PA

Industry outreach Articles

Pillai, S.D. Introduction to electron beam food irradiation. CEP Magazine. November

Doctoral dissertation

Molecular responses of non-O157 shiga toxin producing E.coli (STEC) on eBeam treated strawberries. Shima Shayanfar, Ph.D. Food Science & Technology

Graduate Student presentations at professional meetings

Shayanfar S (2016) Opportunities and challenges of application of eBeam in fresh produce market. International Meeting on Radiation Processing, Nov 7-11, Vancouver

Shayanfar S, Pillai SD (2016) Metabolomic Analysis of Acid Stress Response in Shiga toxin producing E.coli O26:H11, International Association of Food Protection, July 31-Aug 3, Saint Louis, MO, USA.

Shayanfar S (2016) Electron beam technology to ensure safety and quality of fresh produce, Institute of Food Technologists Jul 16-19 , Chicago, IL, USA.

Bhatia, S. S., S. Shyanfar and S.D. Pillai. 2016.  Quantifying the Effects of Acid (pH 3.6) Stress on Non-O157 Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli Strains. International Association of Food Protection, July 31-Aug 3, Saint Louis, MO, USA.

Bhatia S.S, and S. D. Pillai 2016. The National Center for Electron Beam Research at Texas A&M University - an IAEA Collaborating Centre for Electron Beam Technology . The Conference on Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry (CAARI). Oct 30-Nov 4. Ft. Worth. Texas

Bhatia, S., and S.D. Pillai. 2016. Benchmarking the minimum electron beam (eBeam) dose required to achieve sterility of space foods. International Meeting on Radiation Processing, Nov 7-11, Vancouver, Canada

Lindsay W, J. Samuel, E.van Schnaik, and S.D. Pillai. 2016. Transforming raw milk into safe milk using electron beam processing. International Association of Food Protection, July 31-Aug 3, Saint Louis, MO, USA

McCoy, J.A., and S.D. Pillai 2016. Electron beam processing improves the microbiological safety and retains the sensory qualities of alfalfa sprouts. International Association of Food Protection, July 31-Aug 3, Saint Louis, MO, USA (poster)

McCoy, J.A., and S.D. Pillai. 2016. Electron beam processing improves the microbiological safety and retains the sensory qualities of alfalfa sprouts. European symposium of the International Association of Food Protection. May 11-13. Athens, Greece

Student presentations in local/regional research conferences

Oji, Y. (2016) Outreach and education for the application of electron beam technology. TAMU Student Research Week .February  (undergraduate student award winner)

Bhatia, S and S.D. Pillai. (2016) Benchmarking the minimum electron beam (eBeam) dose required to achieve sterility of space foods. TAMU Student Research Week. February

Henkemeyer, A., (2016) Improving bioplastics properties in food packaging using Electron Beam (eBeam) Technology

Ward, L.A (2016). Transforming Raw Milk Using Electron Beam Processing

Valenzuela, L. (2016) Enhancing Quality and Microbiological Safety of White Onions and Cucumbers using Electron Beam Processing

Dean, J (2016) Preserving Berry Quality by Electron Beam Processing

Book Chapters

Pillai, S., and S. Shayanfar. 2016. Electron beam technology and other irradiation technology applications in the food industry. In: Applications of Radiation Chemistry in the Fields of Industry, Biotechnology and Environment. Springer-Verlag (in press)

Meeting Abstracts

Shayanfar S (2016) Opportunities and challenges of application of eBeam in fresh produce market. International Meeting on Radiation Processing, Nov 7-11, Vancouver

Shayanfar S, Pillai SD (2016) Metabolomic Analysis of Acid Stress Response in Shiga toxin producing E.coli O26:H11, International Association of Food Protection, July 31-Aug 3, Saint Louis, MO, USA.

Shayanfar S (2016) Electron beam technology to ensure safety and quality of fresh produce, Institute of Food Technologists Jul 16-19 , Chicago, IL, USA.

Bhatia, S. S., S. Shyanfar and S.D. Pillai. 2016.  Quantifying the Effects of Acid (pH 3.6) Stress on Non-O157 Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli Strains. International Association of Food Protection, July 31-Aug 3, Saint Louis, MO, USA.

Bhatia S.S, and S. D. Pillai 2016. The National Center for Electron Beam Research at Texas A&M University - an IAEA Collaborating Centre for Electron Beam Technology. The Conference on Application of Accelerators in Research and Industry (CAARI). Oct 30-Nov 4. Ft. Worth. Texas

Bhatia, S., and S.D. Pillai. 2016. Benchmarking the minimum electron beam (eBeam) dose required to achieve sterility of space foods. International Meeting on Radiation Processing, Nov 7-11, Vancouver, Canada

Lindsay W, J. Samuel, E.van Schnaik, and S.D. Pillai. 2016. Transforming raw milk into safe milk using electron beam processing. International Association of Food Protection, July 31-Aug 3, Saint Louis, MO, USA

McCoy, J.A., and S.D. Pillai 2016. Electron beam processing improves the microbiological safety and retains the sensory qualities of alfalfa sprouts. International Association of Food Protection, July 31-Aug 3, Saint Louis, MO, USA (poster)

McCoy, J.A., and S.D. Pillai. 2016. Electron beam processing improves the microbiological safety and retains the sensory qualities of alfalfa sprouts. European symposium of the International Association of Food Protection. May 11-13. Athens, Greece

 

Students present their research at 2016 IMRP Meetings in Vancouver, CA

Graduate students Shima Shayanfar and Sohini Bhatia presented their research at the 2016 International Meeting of Radiation Processing (IMRP) in Vancouver, Canada in early November. Ms. Shayanfar's paper was titled, "Opportunities and challenges of employing electron beam technology for fresh produce".  Ms. Bhatia's paper was titled, "Benchmarking the minimum electron beam (eBeam) dose required to acheive sterility of space foods".  
Ms. Shayanfar's presentation was chosen as one of the Top 3 student presentations at 2016 IMRP 

Students presenting at 2016 TAMU Student Research Week

Alison Henkemeyer

Improving bioplastics properties in food packaging using Electron Beam (eBeam) Technology

Lindsay Ward

Transforming Raw Milk Using Electron Beam Processing

Luis Valencia

Enhancing Quality and Microbiological Safety of White Onions and Cucumbers using Electron Beam Processing

Julia Dean

Preserving Berry Quality by Electron Beam Processing

Sohini Bhatia

Benchmarking the Minimum Electron Beam (eBeam) Dose Required to Achieve Sterility for Space Foods

Yuki Oji

Outreach and Education for the Application of Electron Beam Technology 

1st Place Award for Undergraduate Oral Presentation in Engineering and Architecture

 

eBeam technology for water melon cubes for the vending industry

Healthy vending is an untapped ~ $30 billion US market that is expected to grow to meet today’s hectic lifestyles. Microbiological safety, quality (shelf-life and sensory attributes), and consumer acceptability are all important factors in determining the success of healthy vending products. The underlying hypothesis was that low dose (~ 1 kGy) electron beam (eBeam) processing by itself, or in conjunction with Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP), could be exploited for developing fresh produce-based healthy vending items. The research suggests that low dose (< 1 kGy) electron beam processing in combination with MAP is a viable approach for developing fresh cut watermelon cube-based vending items. A consumer taste panel scored eBeam processed water melon cubes significantly higher than un-treated control samples in terms of flavor and odor.

This research has just been published in the journal Food Control

Smith, B., A. Ortega, and S.D. Pillai (2016). Preserving Quality of Fresh Cut Watermelon Cubes for Vending Distribution by Low-Dose Electron Beam Processing. Food Control (in press)

Electron Beam Pasteurization and Complementary Food Processing Technologies

We are excited to announce the release of the Electron Beam Pasteurization and Complementary Food Processing Technologies text book edited by our own director Dr. Suresh D. Pillai and graduate student Shima Shayanfar. We believe this book is a great resource providing professionals in the food industry with a reference tool as well as providing academia new areas for research and development. This book is available through Elsevier.

Elsevier’s synopsis:

“Food safety is a constant challenge for the food industry, and food irradiation technology has developed significantly since its introduction, moving from isotope irradiation to the use of electron beam technology. Electron Beam Pasteurization and Complementary Food Processing Technologies explores the application of electron beam pasteurization in conjunction with other food processing technologies to improve the safety and quality of food. Part one provides an overview of the issues surrounding electron beam pasteurization in food processing. Part two looks at different thermal and non-thermal food processing technologies that complement irradiation. Finally, a case study section on the commercial applications of e-beam processing provides examples from industry.”

Importing/Exporting eBeam Treated Products

We are now offering eBeam phytosanitary treatment processing in Texas for imported fresh produce from Australia, India, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Phillipines, South Africa, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

Interested in importing and exporting fruits and vegetables using eBeam technology? Use the following link to read the importing and exporting requirements for eBeam treated products: Importing/Exporting Produce PowerPoint

eBeam Center designated as IAEA Collaborating Center for Electron Beam Technologies

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has conferred the designation of  “IAEA Collaborating Center for Electron Beam Technology for food, health and the environment” to the National Center for Electron Beam Research.  This is an extremely prestigious designation and places Texas A&M University System as the global leader in the commercial application of eBeam technologies.  The mission of the IAEA is “Atoms for Peace” and this is exactly what we do at the eBeam Center. We harness and exploit high energy electrons to improve the quality of lives and economies of peoples around the world.  The Center designation was commemorated by a plaque being presented by the Director General of the IAEA, H.E. Ambassador Amano.  Faculty, staff, student and leadership from the University System and the University were present. These included  Chancellor Sharp, Interim President Hussey, Interim COALS Dean Dugas, AgriLife Research Director Nessler, and eBeam Center Director Pillai among others.