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Published: 31 May 2018

Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) has established the Principal Research Organisation in Microbial Ecology and Physiology (PROMEP) at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture.

Our PROMEP team conducts industry-relevant research to enable the Australian red meat industry to innovate and to respond positively to market threats related to microbiological issues.

One aim of the research is to better understand the longer shelf-life and mechanisms of spoilage of vacuum packaged (VP) Australian beef and lamb meats.

The team is led by food safety and microbiology experts Associate Professors Tom Ross and John Bowman, and postdoc Chawalit (Jay) Kocharunchitt.

Four PhD students Tai Gardner, Zachary Block, Laura Rood and Bianca Porteus are contributing innovative antimicrobial and shelf life research through their doctoral projects.

The research team is funded by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) with support from the Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC).

Meet the team and find out more at our Meaty Micro Matters blog.