Kenneth Sugrim

Doctor of Philosophy, (Microbiology and genetics)
Study Completed: 2016
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Commercial and Public Health Applications of DNA Monitoring

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DNA monitoring tools have the potential to replace traditional microbiological testing methods used for testing commercially produced food and beverages. Culture techniques, though extensively used have been widely known to have shortcomings. Comprehensive assessments provide a wider understanding of the potential risks associated with possible pathogens in food processing environments. The introduction and use of rapid diagnostic tools have potential to replace some culture methods and provide useful results within an hour. Mr Sugrim investigated the use of these methods to provide useful microbiological information to quality controllers in Fast Manufactured Consumer Goods (FMCGs) industries. Public health concerns associated with farm soils and farmland water sources in Fiji were also examined using the two methods. The comprehensive assessment methods were able to provide wider insights into the potential risks that humans are exposed to when working on farms and when using water sources from rivers and streams.

Professor Peter Lockhart
Professor Bill Aalbersberg
Distinguished Professor Nigel French
Professor Patrick Biggs