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Cascading Effects of Composts and Cover Crops on Soil Chemistry, Bacterial Communities, and the Survival of Foodborne Pathogens

Foodborne disease outbreaks associated with the consumption of fresh produce have emerged as a major public health concern. In response to new food-safety regulations and pressure from their buyers, fresh produce farmers across the United States altered their farming practices to mitigate risks associated with foodborne pathogens. This study aimed to determine if animal-based composts and cover crops inhibit pathogen survival and promote the survival of bacterial communities that suppress pathogens.

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