Research Publications, Presentations, & Patents
by TAMU NCEBFR scientists and students
2010 Combined chemical oxidant and E-Beam irradiation for biosolid disinfection and stabilization Suresh D. Pillai and Robert S. Reimers (US patent pending)
2009 High energy electron beam irradiation for the production of immuno-modulators in poultry. Jack McReynolds, Suresh D. Pillai, Palmy Jesudhasan and Martha Cepeda (US patent pending)
Books & Book Chapters:
Yates MV, Miller RV, Nakatsu CH, Pillai S, D. (Editors) (2015), Manual of Environmental Microbiology, 4th ed. ASM Press, Washington, DC.
Pillai, S.D. and S.Shayanfar (Editors) (2015) Electron Beam Pasteurization and Complementary Food Processing Technologies, Woodhead Publishing, UK pp 326.
R.C. Bier, S.D. Pillai, T.D. Phillips and R.L. Ziprin (Editors) (2004). Pre-harvest and Post-harvest Food Safety; Contemporary Issues and Future Directions. Institute of Food Technologists/Iowa State University Press
Pillai SD, and S. Shayanfar (2015). Chapter 1. Introduction to electron beam pasteurization in food processing. In: Electron Beam Pasteurization and Complementary Food Processing Technologies (Eds. S.D. Pillai, and S. Shayanfar), Woodhead Publishing, UK (DOI: 10.1533/9781782421085.1.3
Pillai SD and S. Shayanfar (2015). Ch 6. Aseptic packaging of foods and its combination with electron beam processing. In: Electron Beam Pasteurization and Complementary Food Processing Technologies (Eds. S.D Pillai and S. Shayanfar), Woodhead Publishing, UK (DOI: 10.1533/9781782421085.2.83).
Shayanfar S, and S.D. Pillai SD 2015. Chapter 16. Future trends in electron beam technology for food processing. In: Electron Beam Pasteurization and Complementary Food Processing Technologies (Eds. S.D. Pillai and S. Shayanfar), Woodhead Publishing, UK (DOI: 10.1533/9781782421085.3.295).
Pillai, S.D. (2014) New opportunities for ebeam technologies in one health. In: Radiation processed materials in products from polymers for agricultural applications. Chapter 20. IAEA-TECDOC Series. Vienna, Austria
Pillai, S.D., C. Blackburn, and C. Bogran, (2014). Applications of ionizing irradiation for phytosanitary treatment and food safety for fresh produce. In: Global safety of fresh produce: A handbook of best-practice examples, innovative commercial solutions and case studies. Edited by J. Hoorfar. Woodhead Publishing, Oxford, UK.
Skaggs, B., Srisawat, P., Reimers, R.S., and Pillai, S.D. (2012) Innovative wastewater disinfection technologies. In: The Praeger Handbook of Environmental Health. Edited by R.H. Friis. ABC-CLIO
Pillai, S.D. (2011) Empowering billions with food safety and food security In: In Food & Agriculture, Thematic Volume- International Conference on Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy-2009 (Eds. Arun Sharma & S.F. D’Souza), Published by Bhaba Atomic Research Centre, Department of Atomic Energy, India
Reed, A.L., and S.D. Pillai (2011). E-Beam based ionizing radiation technology for municipal biosolid treatment. In: Solids Processing Design and Management Manual. (ed J. Smith). Water Environment Federation
Nair, C., D. Prince, C. Rambo, and S.D. Pillai (2010). Contemporary Issues in Food Safety. In: Comprehensive Food Fermentation Food Biotechnology. A. Pandey, , C. Larroche, R. Soccol, E. Gnansounou, and P. Nigam (eds). AsiaTech Publishers, New Delhi.
Pillai, S.D., D. H. D’Souza, G.D. Giovanni, A. Sharma, M. Patterson (2008). Microbiological safety of foods: contemporary challenges and solutions. In: Biotechnology. A. Pandey, C. Larroche, C. R. Soccol, and C-G Dussap, (eds) . AsiaTech Publishers
Pillai, S.D. (2014). Harmonisation of technological approaches to achieve quality and safety. Intl. Food Hygiene. 25(6).
Pillai, S.D., and K. McElhany (2011). Status of irradiated foods in the USA. SafeFood, 6: 1-10.
Publications and Presentations:
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. (in press)
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 (in press)
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. Oral Administration of Electron-Beam Inactivated Rhodococcus equi Failed to Protect Foals against Intrabronchial Infection with Live, Virulent R. equi. PlosONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0148111
Kaur, J., R. Karthikeyan and S.D. Pillai. 2016. Photoreactivation and dark repair of environmental E.coli strains following 24 kHz continuous ultrasound and UV-C irradiation. J. Environ. Sci. Health. Part A. DOI: 10.1080/10934529.2016.1159860
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) PLoS One. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0158128
Kaur, J., R. Karthikeyan and S.D. Pillai. 2015. Effectiveness of ultrasound, UV-C and photocatalysis on inactivation kinetics of Aeromonas hydrophila. J. Env. Sci. Health. Part A.50: 1223-1229
Salvatore, M., A. Marra, D. Duraccio, S. Shayanfar, S.D. Pillai, S. Cimmino and C. Silvestre. 2015. Effect of electron beam irradiation on the properties of polylactic acid/montmorillonite nanocomposites for food packaging applications. Journal of Applied Polymer Science DOI: 10.1002/app.42219
Sang, W., M. Speakmon, L. Zhou, Y. Wang, C. Lei, S.D. Pillai and K Z-Salzman. 2015. Detrimental effects of electron beam irradiation on the cowpea bruchid Callosobruchus maculatus. Pest Management doi: 10.1002/ps.4053
Shayanfar, S., C. Harzman and S.D. Pillai (2015) Fruit juice and puree characteristics influence enrichment requirements for real-time PCR detection of Alicyclobacillus acidoterrestris. InternationalJournal of Food Contamination 2:2: DOI: 10.1186/s40550-015-0008-0
Hieke, A-S, C. and S.D. Pillai (2015) Attenuation of 10 MeV electron beam energy to achieve low doses does not impact Salmonella spp. Inactivation kinetics. Radiation Physics and Chemistry 110: 38-41
Jesudhasan, P.R., J.L. McReynolds, A.J. Byrd, H.He, K.J. Genovese, R. Droleskey, C.L. Swaggerty, M.H. Kogut, S.Duke, D.J. Nisbet, C. Praveen and S.D. Pillai (2015) Electron beam inactivated vaccine against Salmonella Enteriditis colonization in molting hens. Avian Diseases 59: 165-170.
Smith, B., A. Ortega, and S.D. Pillai (2015). Preserving Quality of Fresh Cut Watermelon Cubes for Vending Distribution by Low-Dose Electron Beam Processing. Food Control (submitted)
Zemboua, M.Kaci, S. Bruzard, J-L. Audic, S.Shayanfar and S. D. Pillai. 2015. Electron beam radiation effects on properties and ecotoxicity of PHBV/PLA blends in presence of organo-modified montmorillonite. Polymer Degradation and Stability. doi:10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2016.03.019
Bordin, A.L., S.D. Pillai, C. Brake, K.B. Bagley, J.R. Bourquin, M. Coleman, F.N. Oliviera, W. Mwangi, D.N.McMurray, C.C. Love, M.J.B. Felippe, and N.D. Cohen. (2014) Immunogenicity of an electron beam inactivated Rhodococcus equi vaccine in neonatal foals. PlosOne. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0105367
Garcia, T.P., Muller, S., Carroll, R.J., Dunn, T.N., Thomas, A.P., Adams, S.H., Pillai, S.D. and Walzem, R.L. (2013). Structured variable selection with q-values. Biostatistics DOI:10.1093/biostatistics/kxt012
Praveen, C., P.R. Jesudhasan, R. Reimers and S.D. Pillai (2013). Electron beam inactivation of selected microbial pathogens and indicator organisms in aerobically and anaerobically digested sewage sludge. Bioresources Technology 144: 652-657
Praveen, C., Dancho, B.A., Kingsley, D.H., Calci, K.R., Meade, G.K., Mena, K.D. and Pillai, S.D. (2013). Susceptibility of Murine Norovirus and Hepatitis A Virus to Electron Beam Irradiation in Oysters and Quantifying the Reduction in Potential Infection Risks. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 79: 3796-3801
Bordin, A.I., Suchodolski, J.S., Markel, M.E., Weaver, K.B., Steiner, J.M., Dowd, S.E., Pillai, S., andCohen, N.D. (2013) Effects of administration of live or inactivated virulent Rhodococccus equi and age on the fecal microbiome of neonatal foals. PlosOne 8: e66640
Murthi, P., Praveen, C., Jesudhasan, P. R., & Pillai, S. D. (2012). Comparing extraction buffers to identify optimal method to extract somatic coliphages from sewage sludges. Bioresource Technology, 118, 407-411.
Espinosa, A. C., Jesudhasan, P., Arredondo, R., Cepeda, M., Mazari-Hiriart, M., Mena, K. D., and Pillai, S. D. (2012). Quantifying the reduction in potential health risks by determining the sensitivity of poliovirus type 1 chat strain and rotavirus SA-11 to electron beam irradiation of iceberg lettuce and spinach. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78(4), 988-993.
Kakani, G., Jesudhasan, P. R., & Pillai, S. D. (2012). Different biocides elicit differential responses in bacteria. IEEE Aerospace.
Kogut, M. H., McReynolds, J. L., He, H., Genovese, K. J., Jesudhasan, P. R., Davidson, M. A. Cepeda, M.A., & Pillai, S. D. (2012). Electron-beam irradiation inactivation of salmonella: Effects on innate immunity and induction of protection against salmonella enterica serovar typhimurium challenge of chickens. Procedia in Vaccinology, 6, 47-63.
Sooresh, A., Zeng, Z., Chandrasekharan, J., Pillai, S. D., & Sayes, C. M. (2012). A physiologically relevant approach to characterize the microbial response to colloidal particles in food matrices within a simulated gastrointestinal tract. Food and Chemical Toxicology, 50(9), 2971-2977.
Vikram, A., Jayaprakasha, G. K., Jesudhasan, P. R., Pillai, S. D., & Patil, B. S. (2012). Limonin 7-methoxime interferes with Escherichia coli biofilm formation and attachment in type 1 pili and antigen 43 dependent manner. Food Control, 26(2), 427-438.
Vikram, A., Jayaprakasha, G. K., Jesudhasan, P. R., Pillai, S. D., & Patil, B. S. (2012). Obacunone represses salmonella pathogenicity islands 1 and 2 in an envz-dependent fashion. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 78(19), 7012-7022.
Vikram, A., Jesudhasan, P. R., Pillai, S. D., & Patil, B. S. (2012). Isolimonic acid interferes with Escherichia coli O157:H7 biofilm and TTSS in QseBC and QseA dependent fashion. BMC Microbiology, , 261-263
Widmer, K. W., Jesudhasan, P., & Pillai, S. D. (2012). Fatty acid modulation of autoinducer (AI-2) influenced growth and macrophage invasion by salmonella typhimurium. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease,
Pillai, S.D. (2010) Empowering billions with food safety and food security In: Food Irradiation Technology. Ed. Arun Sharma (in press)
Reed, A.L*., and S.D. Pillai (2010). E-Beam based ionizing radiation technology for municipal biosolid treatment. In: Solids Processing Design and Management Manual. (ed J. Smith). Water Environment Federation (in press)
Nair, C*., D. Prince*, C. Rambo*, and S.D. Pillai (2010). Contemporary Issues in Food Safety. In:Food Biotechnology. A. Pandey, , C. Larroche, R. Soccol, E. Gnansounou, and P. Nigam (eds). AsiaTech Publishers, New Delhi.
Pillai, S.D., A. Smitherman, C.Call, M. Cepeda*, C. Schwartz and M. Grunlan (2010). E-Beam Sterilization of Aerospace Materials: Microbiological & Mechanical Property Evaluations. Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace Conference. March. Big Sky MT.
Sobsey, M.D., and S.D. Pillai (2009) Where future emerging pathogens will come from and what approaches can be used to find them besides VFARs? Journal of Water and Health 7: S75-S 93
Pillai, S.D., D. H. D’Souza, G.D. Giovanni, A. Sharma, M. Patterson (2009). Microbiological safety of foods: contemporary challenges and solutions. In: Biotechnology. A. Pandey, C. Larroche, C. R. Soccol, and C-G Dussap, (eds) . AsiaTech Publishers
Brahmakshatriya, V., B. Lupiani, J.L. Brinlee, M. Cepeda*, S.D. Pillai, and S.M. Reddy (2009) Preliminary study for evaluation of avian influenza virus inactivation in contaminated poultry products using electron beam irradiation. Avian Pathology. 2009 Jun;38(3):245-50
Mackay, W.A., B. Pemberton, J. Maxim* and S.D. Pillai. (2008). Ionizing Irradiation Using E-Beam to Control Importation of Biothreat Agents in Geranium Cuttings Inhibits Rooting. HortScience 43:955-956.
Pillai, S.D., and L.A. Braby. (2007) Electronic pasteurization of foods. In: Advances in Thermal and Non-Thermal Food Preservation. G.Tewari and V. Juneja (eds). Blackwell Publishing, Ames, IA.
Kari B. Fitzmorris, Robert S. Reimers, Suresh D. Pillai, Jan A. Oleszkiewicz and James E. Smith. . Production of safe biosolids from agricultural and municipal residuals: emerging physical-chemical processes. Moving Forward: Wastewater Biosolids Sustainability. Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada. June
Robert S. Reimers, Kari B. Fitzmorris, Suresh D. Pillai, Jan A. Oleszkiewicz and James E. Smith. Emerging Chemical Processes to produce Value-Added Products (VAPs) from Manure and Municipal Residuals. Joint Residuals and Biosolids Management Conference 2007, WEF, Denver, CO. April.
Acquston, B.A., Reimers, R.S., Smith, J.E. and Pillai, S.D., 2006. “Factors Affecting Disinfection and Stabilization of Sewage Sludge,” Symposium on Biosolids, WEFTEC, Dallas, Texas, WEF, Alexandria, Virginia, CD-ROM
Nayga Jr., R.M., R. Woodward, and W. Aiew, “Willingness to Pay for Reducing Risk of Food-borne Illness”, Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics, 54,3(2006): in press.
Schmidt, H.M., M.P. Palekar, J.E. Maxim and A. Castillo. 2006 Improving the microbiological quality and safety of fresh-cut tomatoes by low-dose electron beam irradiation. Journal of Food Protection. 60: 575-581.
Pillai, S.D., and L.A. Braby. 2006 Electronic pasteurization of foods. In: Advances in Thermal and Non-Thermal Food Preservation, G.Tewari and V. Juneja (eds). Blackwell Publishing, Ames, IA.
Pillai, S.D. 2006. Food Irradiation: A solution to combat worldwide food-borne illnesses. In: Current Topics in Bioprocesses in Food Industries, Christian Larroche, Ashok Pandey, and Claude-Gilles Dussap (eds). AsiaTechPublishers, Inc. New Delhi
Pillai, S.D., K. Venkateswaran, M. Cepeda, K. Soni, S. Mittasch, J. Maxim and S. Osman. 2006 High Energy (10 MeV) Electron Beam Ionizing Irradiation to Decontaminate Spacecraft Components and Materials for Planetary Protection. Proceedings of the IEEE Aerospace.
Beier, R.C., and S.D. Pillai .2006. Future directions in food safety. In: “Foodborne Diseases,” S. Simjee (ed.). Humana Press, Totowa, NJ.
Pillai, S.D. 2006 Food safety and food irradiation: global necessities for the 21st century. Bhabha Atomic Research Center, Mumbai, India , February.
Nayga Jr., R.M., “Consumers’ Willingness to Pay for Irradiated Foods”, International Seminar on Production of Safe and Quality Meat Products, Kerala Agricultural University, India, February 24, 2006.
Nayga Jr., R.M., “Consumer Acceptance and Willingness to Pay for Irradiated Foods”, Microbiology of Food Irradiation Course, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, February 6, 2006.
Pillai, S.D. 2006. Food safety and food irradiation: global necessities for the 21st century. Kerala Agricultural University, Kerala, India. February
Nayga Jr. R.M., “Consumers’ Willingness to Pay for Irradiated Prepared Beef”, FAO-IAEA Research Coordination Meeting, Beijing, China, May 22-26, 2006.
Garcia, N*., J. Maxim and S.D., “Electronic pasteurization of cantaloupes to destroy viruses”, TAMU Agriculture Program Conference, January 2006. *awarded 1st prize for undergraduate student presentation
Mittasch, S., M. Cepeda, K. Soni , J. Maxim and S.D. Pillai, Electron Beam Irradiation of Different Bacillus sp Spores in Aqueous Suspensions. TAMU Agriculture Program Conference, January 2006. *awarded 2nd prize for undergraduate student presentation
Reimers, R.S., Pillai, S.D., Bowman, D.D., Fitzmorris, K.B. and Pratt, L.S. “Stressors Influencing Disinfection in Residuals”. Disinfection 2005 – Sharing Disinfection Technologies: Water, Wastewater, and Biosolids. Water Environment Federation, Alexandria, VA, CD-ROM.
Nayga Jr., R.M., R. Woodward, and W. Aiew, “Experiments on the Divergence between Willingness to Pay and Willingness to Accept: The Issue Revisited”, Economics Bulletin, 17,4(2005): 1-5.
Nayga Jr., R.M., W. Aiew, and J. Nichols, “Information Effects on Consumers’ Willingness to Purchase Irradiated Food Products”, Review of Agricultural Economics, 27,1(2005): 37-48.
Nayga Jr., R.M., “Marketing and Public Perception Issues of Food Irradiation”, Keynote Speaker, 2nd International Symposium on New Frontiers for Irradiated Food and Non-Food Products”, Bangkok, Thailand, September 22, 2005.
Nayga Jr., R.M., “Consumer Acceptance and Willingness to Pay for Irradiated Foods”, Philippine Nuclear Research Institute and Department of Agriculture, Manila, Philippines, June 14, 2005.
Nayga Jr., R.M., “Marketing of Irradiated Foods in the U.S.”, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Mumbai, India, April 15, 2005.
Nayga Jr., R.M., “Consumer Acceptance and Willingness to Pay for Irradiated Foods”, Venky Food Company, Pune, India, April 14, 2005.
Nayga Jr., R.M., “Consumer Acceptance and Willingness to Pay for Irradiated Foods”, Kerala Agricultural University, Kochi, India, April 12, 2005.
Nayga Jr., R.M., “Information Effects on Consumers’ Willingness to Purchase Irradiated Food Products”, National Center for Electron Beam Food Research’s Short Course on Food Irradiation, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, February 10, 2005.
Nayga Jr., R.M., “Marketing and Economics of Irradiated Foods”, Indonesian National Nuclear Agency, Jakarta, Indonesia, January 25, 2005.
Nayga Jr., R.M., “Food Safety and Food Irradiation: Risk Communication and Consumer Acceptance Issues”, National Food Safety and Food Irradiation Workshop, Ministry of Agriculture, Jakarta, Indonesia, January 24, 2005.
Nayga Jr., R.M., “Willingness to Pay for Irradiated Foods”, Bogor Agricultural University, Bogor, Indonesia, January 22, 2005.
Nayga Jr., R.M., “Marketing of Irradiated Food Products”, INDOGAMMA, Cibitung, Bekasi, Indonesia, January 20, 2005.
Aiew, W., Nayga Jr., R. M., & Woodward, R. (2004). The treatment of income variable in willingness to pay studies. Applied Economics Letters, 11, 581-585.
Aiew, M., Nayga Jr., R. M., & Nichols, J. (2004). Experimental study on willingness to purchase safer foods: the case of irradiated foods. Quality Assurance, Risk Management and Environmental Control in Agriculture and Food Supply Networks, Proceedings of the 82nd Seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economists, 405-412.
Han, Gomes-Feitosa, J. C. L., Castell-Perez, E., Moreira, R. G., & da Silva, P. (2004). Quality of packaged romaine lettuce hearts exposed to low-dose electron beam irradiation. Lebensmittel-Wissenschaft und-Technologie/Food Science and Technology, 37(7), 705-715.
McLellan, M. R. (2004). Preserving foods with electron beam technology: A recent history of the Texas A&M University Electron Beam Food Research Center. Proceedings of the 37th Annual AIFST Convention, Australia, 56(10), 448-450.
Nayga Jr., R. M. (2004). Consumer acceptance of irradiated prepared and processed food irradiation to ensure the safety and quality of prepared meals. Proceedings of the 2nd Research Coordination Meeting, FAO/IAEA Coordinated Research Project held in Pretoria, South Africa, International Atomic Energy Agency, 93-97.
Nayga Jr., R. M., Poghosyan, A., & Nichols, J. (2004). Will consumers accept irradiated food products? International Journal of Consumer Studies, 28, 2, 178-185.
Palekar, M. P., Cabrera-Diaz, A., Kalbasi-Ashtari, J. E., Maxim, J. E., Miller, R. K., Cisneros-Zevallos, L., & Castillo, A. (2004). Effect of electron beam irradiation on the bacterial load and sensorial quality of sliced cantaloupe. Journal of Food Science, 69(9).
Pillai, S. D., Braby, L. A., & Lavergne, C. B. (2004). Electron beam technology for food irradiation. International Review of Food Science & Technology.
Pillai, S. D. (2004). Food irradiation in: Pre-harvest and post-harvest food safety: Contemporary issues and future directions. Institute of Food Technologists.
Pillai, S. D. (2004). Food irradiation: A solution to combat worldwide food-borne illnesses. International Congress of Bioprocessing in the Food Industry.
Pillai, S. D. (2004). Microbiology of food irradiation. International Congress of Food Safety.
Smith, J.S., and S.D. Pillai (2004). Irradiation and Food Safety. Science Status Summary. Food Technology 58: 48-55.
Thompson, B. M., & Vestal, T.A. (2004). Seeing is believing: Effective components of a professional development training for county Extension educators on an innovation perceived as risky. Journal of Food Science Education, Vol. 3 Issue 4, 54-58.
Aiew, W., Nayga Jr., R. M., & Nichols, J. P. (2003). The promise of food irradiation: Will consumers accept it? Choices, Third Quarter, 31-34.
Brescia, G., Moreira, R.G., L. Braby, & Castell-Perez, M.E. (2003). Monte Carlo simulation and dose distribution of low energy electron irradiation of an apple. Journal of Food Engineering, 60(1), 31-39. Nayga Jr., R. M. (2003). Food safety through food irradiation: Should it be adopted more by the EU? EuroChoices, 2,3, 36-39.
Nayga Jr., R. M., Poghosyan, A., & Nichols, J. (2002). Consumer willingness to pay for irradiated beef: Initial phase. Paradoxes in Food Chains and Networks, 250-259.
Sinco, P. (2001). Selling irradiated food successfully: An effective marketing model. Nuclear News, 52-55.