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Friday, November 2, 2018
Killing MAP with Copper Ions Research Article

From the laboratory of Dr. Miguel Salgado, Associate Professor, Instituto de Medicina Preventiva Veterinaria, Facultad de Ciencias Veterinarias, Universidad Austral de Chile comes a novel study on killing MAP suspended in fluids using copper ions. As noted in this research article, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the use of copper as an antimicrobial in 2008. The lead author, Pamela Steur, is a graduate student in Dr. Salgado’s laboratory and this is part of her PhD thesis work.

Comment: Multiple modes of testing MAP viability were used in this trial making the findings very convincing. However, this is a proof of concept article. It remains to be determined if the system will work in fluids such as milk. It is no coincidence that copper should be studied in Chile as it is the top producer of copper in the world, producing 5,750,000 tons of copper annually.

Disclosure: The author of this website is a coauthor on this publication.

Link to the full Open Access article.