Biocontrol science Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Nihon Bōkin Bōbai Gakkai

Current impact factor: 0.75

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 0.75
2013 Impact Factor 1.312
2012 Impact Factor 0.604
2011 Impact Factor 0.778
2010 Impact Factor 0.625

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Additional details

5-year impact 0.87
Cited half-life 5.40
Immediacy index 0.23
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.18
Website Biocontrol Science website
Other titles Biocontrol science
ISSN 1342-4815
OCLC 37579252
Material type Periodical
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: The growth kinetics of Salmonella Enteritidis in raw beef has been little studied so far. Thus, this study aimed to clarify the growth kinetics of the pathogen in ground beef using a growth model. When Salmonella cells inoculated at various initial doses into ground beef were incubated at a given temperature (24℃), the maximum population (Nmax) of the microbe at the stationary phase varied with the doses. This relationship was expressed with a polynomialequation for Nmax using the initial dose. The combination of the growth model and the polynomial equation successfully predicted Salmonella growth at a given initial dose. When Salmonella cells inoculated in ground beef were incubated at various constant temperatures, the growth curves of the pathogen and natural microflora (NM) were well described with the growth model. The rate constant of growth and the Nmax values for Salmonella and NM were then analyzed kinetically. From these results, growth curves of Salmonella and NM in ground beef stored at dynamic temperatures were successfully predicted. Competition between Salmonella and NM in ground beef was also found during the storage. This study could give usable information on the growth of Salmonella and NM in ground beef at various temperatures.
    Biocontrol science 09/2015; 20(3):185-192. DOI:10.4265/bio.20.185
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    ABSTRACT: The thermophilic spore forming bacteria Geobacillus stearothermophilus is recognized as a major cause of spoilage in canned food. A quantitative real-time PCR assay was developed to specifically detect and quantify the species G. stearothermophilus in samples from canned food. The selected primer pairs amplified a 163-bp fragment of the 16S rRNA gene in a specific PCR assay with a detection limit of 12.5 fg of pure culture DNA, corresponding to DNA extracted from approximately 0.7 CFU/mL of G. stearothermophilus. Analysis showed that the bacterial species G. stearothermophilus was not detected in any canned food sample. Our approach presented here will be useful for tracking or quantifying species G. stearotethermophilus in canned food and ingredients.
    Biocontrol science 01/2015; 20(3):221-227. DOI:10.4265/bio.20.221
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    ABSTRACT: Fifty strains of Campylobacter jejuni/coli were detected in 108 specimens of chicken meat and organs sampled at six supermarkets and one poultry slaughterhouse (large scale) between April and October 2013 (isolation rates: 84.8% from the slaughterhouse, 29.3% from the supermarkets). 46/50 strains were successfully recovered and subjected to the E-test to examine their susceptibility to three fluoroquinolone antibacterial agents authorized for use in poultry in Japan: enrofloxacin (ERFX) , ofloxacin (OFLX) , and norfloxacin (NLFX). 29 isolates (63%) were resistant to all three agents and 2 isolates (4.3%) were resistant to two agents (ERFX and OFLX). The resistance rates of strains isolated fom the supermarkets and slaughterhouse were 61.9% and 72.0%, respectively. Because the chickens processed at the slaughterhouse were raised without the use of fluoroquinolone, the results did not suggest a positive relationship between the use of these agents and the distribution of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. Susceptibility to macrolide antibiotics (erythromycin [EM]) was also tested in 42 strains, and one strain (2.4%) , C. coli from a retailer sample, showed resistance. Previous studies have detected high rates of fluoroquinolone-resistant strains, suggesting an expanding distribution of resistant bacteria. The detection of EM-resistant bacteria downstream in the food distribution chain (i.e., closer to consumers) is a concern for human health.
    Biocontrol science 01/2015; 20(3):179-184. DOI:10.4265/bio.20.179
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    ABSTRACT: Microbiological control is a regulatory requirement and one that can be defined as the continued interaction of science and applied technology with products, processes, materials, equipment, and personnel entering the manufacturing areas. In the ISO 14644-1, control of microbial contamination is addressed. A good microbiological control program starts with understanding the risks for microbial contamination in the manufacturing process and identification of possible types of contaminants. The results obtained from such risk assessment can be used in the design of facilities and equipment as well as when establishing protocols regarding equipment and personnel. Once possible sources of contamination have been identified, control and preventative measures can be implemented and qualified/validated.
    Biocontrol science 01/2015; 20(3):161-170. DOI:10.4265/bio.20.161
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    ABSTRACT: Vibrio vulnificus is a halophilic estuarine bacterium, but this species causes fatal septicemia in humans. V. vulnificus may encounter many kinds of stresses either in the natural environment or in the human body. One of the striking stresses is the exposure to the reactive oxygen species including nitric oxide (NO). The present study revealed that NO could participate in the regulation of the V. vulnificus community behavior. When the bacterium was cultivated in the presence of sub-lethal doses of an NO donor, the expression of the genes encoding NO-detoxifying enzymes was significantly increased. The NO donor was also found to cause significant increase in production of a metalloprotease, a putative virulence factor, by the bacterium.
    Biocontrol science 01/2015; 20(3):199-203. DOI:10.4265/bio.20.199
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    ABSTRACT: Effects of wiping copper-alloyed stainless steel surfaces with disinfectants to remove protein surface contaminants and re-establish their antibacterial activities were quantitatively studied. Disinfectants used were sodium hypochlorite aqueous solutions and ethyl alcohol aqueous solutions. Wiping with NaOCl aqueous solutions effectively removed protein surface contaminants. Ethyl alcohol aqueous solutions were also effective for cleaning, but their efficiency was less than that of NaOCl aqueous solutions. When the amount of residual surface contaminants was reduced to 0.4 ng/mm2, the surfaces of the copper-alloyed stainless steel regained antibacterial activities to the same level as those in a clean surface condition.
    Biocontrol science 01/2015; 20(3):193-198. DOI:10.4265/bio.20.193
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    ABSTRACT: Fatty acid salts are a type of surfactant known to have potent antibacterial activity. We therefore examined the antibacterial activities of fatty acid salts against Streptococcus mutans. Potassium caprylate (C10K) , potassium laurate (C12K) , potassium myristate (C14K) , potassium oleate (C18:1K) , potassium linoleate (C18:2K) , and potassium linolenate (C18:3K) , used at a concentration of 175 mM, resulted in a 7 log-unit reduction of S. mutans after a 10-min incubation. The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of C18:2K and C18:3K was 5.5 mM. C12K also demonstrated high antibacterial activity (MIC of 21.9 mM). These results indicate that C12K, C18:2K, and C18:3K have high antibacterial activity against S. mutans, and possess great potential as antibacterial agents.
    Biocontrol science 01/2015; 20(3):209-213. DOI:10.4265/bio.20.209
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    ABSTRACT: To evaluate the potential of curcumin on toxic and carcinogenic effects of Aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) in relation to AFB1 metabolism, we studied the effects of curcumin on hepatic AFB1-DNA adduct formation and glutathione S-transferase (GST) activity, and the toxic effects of AFB1 in male Fischer 344 rats. Oral administration of curcumin to 5-week-old male rats at a dose of 8 or 80 mg/kg for five consecutive days for three weeks resulted in reduction of AFB1-DNA adduct formation mediated by both liver microsomal and postmitochondrial fractions. The activity of liver GST toward a universal substrate, CDNB, was increased in curcuminadministered rats. As for the acute toxicity of AFB1, curcumin was orally administered to rats for 3 weeks and then AFB1 was given by intragastric intubation. The result showed a decrease of plasma AST and ALT activities in curcumin-treated rats compared with those which received AFB1 alone. Moreover, we have observed that curcumin also reduced glutathione S-transferase placental form positive single cells and foci caused by AFB1 treatment. These results demonstrate the potential of curcumin to reduce the toxic and carcinogenic effects of AFB1 by modulating hepatic drug metabolizing enzymes responsible for AFB1 metabolism.
    Biocontrol science 01/2015; 20(3):171-177. DOI:10.4265/bio.20.171
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    ABSTRACT: Foot-and-mouth disease virus (FMDV) is an animal pathogen of great concern. It is contagious to cloven-hoofed animals and affects animals in extensive areas worldwide. In general, the primary eradication strategies for foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) in Japan are stamping out the disease and restriction of movement. It is also important to completely disinfect the infected area to prevent the spread of FMDV, including vehicles and people as well. However, there is no report on the effect of commercially available disinfectants against FMDV in a short contact time. In this study, we evaluated the virucidal effect of thirteen commercially available products, and got the following results: acidic ethanol disinfectants, alkaline cleaners and sodium hypochlorite had great effect (>3.0 log10 reduction in titer) against FMDV. On the other hand, neutral ethanol disinfectants, hand soaps, and quaternary ammonium compound sanitizers did not show great effect against FMDV. Therefore, it is presumed that acidic ethanol disinfectants are effective for human use and alkaline cleaners are effective for use in the infected environment for the control of a FMD outbreak.
    Biocontrol science 01/2015; 20(3):205-208. DOI:10.4265/bio.20.205
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    ABSTRACT: We offer the first description of the development of a multiple detection technique for fungi by DNA microarray with the simultaneous use of internal transcribed spacer region (ITS) of ribosomal RNA gene and β-tubulin gene probes. The assay uses 12 oligonucleotide probes and multiplex amplification to detect fungal species belonging to various sections of Aspergillus, the Eurotium genus, and the Penicillium genus. The specificity of each probe was tested using 231 reference fungal strains, including 79 target and 152 non-target strains in 102 species of 24 genera. We determined the optimum concentration of the primer pairs for multiplex PCR to be 0.5 μM for the β-tubulin gene and 0.125 μM for the ITS region. In the field trial using 76 specimens containing 323 fungi (up to five fungal strains were included in one specimen), the concordance rate between the DNA microarray and the DNA sequencing results was 97.4% at the species or genus levels.
    Biocontrol science 09/2014; 19(3):139-45. DOI:10.4265/bio.19.139
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    ABSTRACT: A novel competition model developed with the new logistic model and the Lotka-Volterra model successfully predicted the growth of bacteria in mixed culture using the mesophiles Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Salmonella at a constant temperature in our previous studies. In this study, we further studied the prediction of the growth of those bacteria in mixed culture at dynamic temperatures with various initial populations with the competition model. First, we studied the growth kinetics of the species in a monoculture at various constant temperatures ranging from 16℃ to 32℃. With the analyzed data in the monoculture, we then examined the prediction of bacterial growth in mixed culture with two and three species. The growth of the bacteria in the mixed culture at dynamic temperatures was successfully predicted with the model. The residuals between the observed and predicted populations at the data points were <0.5 log at most points, being 83.3% and 84.2% for the two-species mixture and the three-species mixture, respectively. The present study showed that the model could be applied to the competitive growth in mixed culture at dynamic temperature patterns.
    Biocontrol science 09/2014; 19(3):121-7. DOI:10.4265/bio.19.121
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    ABSTRACT: We examined amino acid requirements for the growth of the halotolerant Brevibacterium sp. JCM 6894 in the absence and presence of 1.2 M NaCl in a chemically defined medium. The experiment was also carried out in the presence of 1.2 M KCl. As a result, growth was highly enhanced by methionine in the absence and presence of KCl as well as NaCl up to 1.2 M. However, growth in the presence of 150 mM methionine was repressed by leucine (up to 100 mM) and valine (up to 100 mM). Concentration-dependent growth inhibition was observed in the presence of isoleucine (up to 150 mM) and threonine (up to 300 mM). When the cells were incubated in the absence of externally added K(+), growth was strongly repressed, even in the presence of 150 mM methionine. The growth, however, recovered drastically by the addition of 1 mM KCl, regardless of the presence and absence of 1.2 M NaCl. These results indicate that methionine, which seems to be symported into cytoplasm with K(+), plays an important role in the growth of the strain under salt stress.
    Biocontrol science 09/2014; 19(3):151-5. DOI:10.4265/bio.19.151
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    ABSTRACT: Scanning electron microscopy revealed that the rpoS-deficient cells of E. coli K-12 BW25113 (ΔrpoS) increased the number of flagella on the cell surfaces. However, the quantitative analysis of cell colonization showed that the increased number of flagella on ΔrpoS cell surfaces did not cause the enhancement of cell colonization on the surfaces of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), polypropylene (PP) and polystyrene (PS) after 24 h of incubation at 37℃. To facilitate the enhanced expression of curli, the csgA gene was introduced into the ΔrpoS cells. The transformed cells rich in flagella and curli on the cell surfaces were found to make colonies 2-3 times larger than both the wild type and ΔrpoS cells on the PVC, PP and PS surfaces at 37℃. It was thus verified that the reinforcement of csgA gene in the ΔrpoS cells induced the enhanced colonization on the solid surfaces with the increased flagellum and curli expressions.
    Biocontrol science 09/2014; 19(3):147-50. DOI:10.4265/bio.19.147
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    ABSTRACT: Bacillus cereus is a spore-forming bacterium. B. cereus occasionally causes nosocomial infections, in which hand contamination with the spores plays an important role. Therefore, hand hygiene is the most important practice for controlling nosocomial B. cereus infections. This study aimed to determine the appropriate hand hygiene procedure for removing B. cereus spores. Thirty volunteers' hands were experimentally contaminated with B. cereus spores, after which they performed 6 different hand hygiene procedures. We compared the efficacy of the procedures in removing the spores from hands. The alcohol-based hand-rubbing procedures scarcely removed them. The soap washing procedures reduced the number of spores by more than 2 log10. Extending the washing time increased the spore-removing efficacy of the washing procedures. There was no significant difference in efficacy between the use of plain soap and antiseptic soap. Handwashing with soap is appropriate for removing B. cereus spores from hands. Alcohol-based hand-rubbing is not effective.
    Biocontrol science 09/2014; 19(3):129-34. DOI:10.4265/bio.19.129
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    ABSTRACT: Kudoa septempunctata in olive flounder meat was inactivated using 3 distinct freezing methods: liquid freezing for 5 min, air blast freezing at -30℃ for 5 h, and -80℃ for 1 h. The fracture curve of olive flounder meat subjected to liquid freezing resembled that of meat stored at 4℃, indicating that the structure of olive flounder muscle was well preserved. In contrast, air blast freezing induced the disappearance of the fracture point in the fracture curve, indicating that there was deterioration in the meat quality. Liquid freezing preserved the transparency of olive flounder meat to the same degree as that of meat stored at 4°C. However, air blast freezing induced meat cloudiness. These results indicate that liquid freezing can be used for K. septempunctata inactivation without affecting the meat quality.
    Biocontrol science 09/2014; 19(3):135-8. DOI:10.4265/bio.19.135
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    ABSTRACT: A novel competition model for describing bacterial growth in mixed culture was developed in this study. Several model candidates were made with our logistic growth model that precisely describes the growth of a monoculture of bacteria. These candidates were then evaluated for the usefulness in describing growth of two competing species in mixed culture using Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Salmonella. Bacterial cells of two species grew at initial doses of 10(3), 10(4), and 10(5) CFU/g at 28ºC. Among the candidates, a model where the Lotka-Volterra model, a general competition model in ecology, was incorporated as a new term in our growth model was the best for describing all types of growth of two competitors in mixed culture. Moreover, the values for the competition coefficient in the model were stable at various combinations of the initial populations of the species. The Baranyi model could also successfully describe the above types of growth in mixed culture when it was coupled with the Gimenez and Dalgaard model. However, the values for the competition coefficients in the competition model varied with the conditions. The present study suggested that our model could be a basic model for describing microbial competition.
    Biocontrol science 06/2014; 19(2):61-71. DOI:10.4265/bio.19.61
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    ABSTRACT: Prediction of microbial growth in mixed culture was studied with a competition model that we had developed recently. The model, which is composed of the new logistic model and the Lotka-Volterra model, is shown to successfully describe the microbial growth of two species in mixed culture using Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Salmonella. With the parameter values of the model obtained from the experimental data on monoculture and mixed culture with two species, it then succeeded in predicting the simultaneous growth of the three species in mixed culture inoculated with various cell concentrations. To our knowledge, it is the first time for a prediction model for multiple (three) microbial species to be reported. The model, which is not built on any premise for specific microorganisms, may become a basic competition model for microorganisms in food and food materials.
    Biocontrol science 06/2014; 19(2):89-92. DOI:10.4265/bio.19.89