Raphaelle Palau


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Epidemiology, genomics and antimicrobial resistance of bacteria

I am a Project Scientist in Alison Mather’s group at the Quadram. I am working on a project characterizing bacteria and antimicrobial resistance in the food chain, where I use various microbiology and molecular biology techniques to study microbial communities.

Prior to joining the Quadram, I worked as a Crop Analyst at The James Hutton Institute (https://www.hutton.ac.uk)  on a SG-funded research project ‘The Effect of Sustainable Farming Systems on Health Beneficial Components’, which exploits the Centre for Sustainable Cropping research platform (http://csc.hutton.ac.uk/) at Balruddery Farm Dundee, to developing baseline data on the impacts of conventional & reduced input (sustainable) management practices on crop yield, crop composition, quality & nutrition.

In 2010 I was awarded a BSc in biology and physiology from the University of Mont Saint Aignan in Rouen, and in 2012 I completed a MSc in Bioengineering and plant biotechnologies at the University of Paul Sabatier in Toulouse where I developed my interest in food quality and in food safety.

Key Publications

Freitag, S.; Verrall, S.R.; Pont, S.D.A.; McRae, D.; Sungartas, J.A.; Palau, R.; Hawes, C.; Alexander, C.J.; Allwood, J.W.; Foito, A.; Stewart, D.; Shepherd, L.V.T., (2018) Impact of conventional and integrated management systems on the water-soluble vitamin content in potatoes, field beans and cereals., Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 66, 831-841.

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