Dr. Trevor V. Suslow

Extension Research Specialist
Department of Plant Sciences
Mann Laboratory Mail Stop 3
Davis, CA 95616-8780
(530) 754-8313
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Plant Pathology - CAES
Vegetable Research & Information Center


Trevor Suslow, Ph.D. an Extension Research Specialist at the University of California, Davis with statewide responsibilities in quality and safety of perishable horticultural commodities. Dr. Suslow’s program spans preharvest to postharvest researchand outreach education on diverse fresh and minimally-processed horticultural foods from annual row crops to tree and vine commodities.  His research combines lab and on-farm/packing facility research on E. coli, Salmonella, and Listeria in conventional and organic production systems, for the purpose of identifying opportunities for optimal microbial reductions and delivery of safe food to the consumer. Dr. Suslow received his BSc. In Agricultural Sciences (with High Honors) and a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Suslow helped found and worked at Advanced Genetic Sciences and DNA Plant Technology Corp. from 1981 to 1995 before joining UCD. Trevor was named to Food Safety News list of The Best of Food Safety in Educationand recently selected to The Packer 25 Profiles in Leadership award.

Selected Recent Publications

Lopez-Velasco, Gabriela, A. Tomas-Callejas, D. Diribsa, P. Wei and Trevor V. Suslow. 2013. Growth of Salmonella enterica in foliar pesticide solutions and its survival during field production and postharvest handling of fresh market tomato. J Appl Microbiol. 2013. 114: 1547-1558  

Harris, L.J., J. Bender, E. A. Bihn, T. Blessington, M.D. Danyluk, P. Delaquis, L. Goodridge, A. M. Ibekwe, S. Ilic, K. Kniel, J.T. LeJeune, D.W. Schaffner, D. Stoeckel, and T.V. Suslow. 2012. A framework for developing research protocols for evaluation of microbial  hazards and controls during production that pertain to the quality of agricultural water contacting fresh produce that may be consumed raw. J. Food Prot. 75:2251–2273.


Poza-Carrion, Cesar, T. Suslow, and S. Lindow. 2013. Resident bacteria on leaves enhance survival of immigrant cells of Salmonella enterica. Phytopathology. 103:341-51


McEgan, Rachel, C. Rodrigues, A. Sbodio, T. Suslow, L. Goodridge, and M. Danyluk. 2012. Detection of Salmonella spp. from large volumes of water by Modified Moore Swabs and Tangential Flow Filtration. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 56:88-94


Sbodio, Adrian, Sharyn Maeda, Gabriela López-Velasco, and Trevor V. Suslow. 2013. Modified Moore swab optimization and validation in capturing E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella enterica in large volumes of field samples of irrigation water. J. Food Research 51: 654–662


Harris, l.J., E. Berry, T. Blessington, M.Erickson, M. Jay-Russell, X. Jiang, K. Killinger,  F.Michel, Jr., P. Millner, K. Schneider, M. Sharma, T. V. Suslow, L. Wang, and R. Worobo. 2013. A Framework for Developing Research Protocols for Evaluation of Microbial Hazards and Controls During Production That  Pertain to the Application of Untreated Soil Amendments of Animal Origin on Land Used to Grow Produce That May Be Consumed Raw. J.Food Prot. 76:1062–1084


Gil, M. Selma, M., Suslow, T. , Jacxsens, L. , Uyttendaele,M., and Allende, A. 2013. Pre- and Post-harvest Preventive Measures and Intervention Strategies to Control Microbial Food Safety Hazards of Fresh Leafy Vegetables. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. 55:453–468


Bech, T.B. Sbodio, A., Jacobsen, C., and T. Suslow. 2014. Adhesion of Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica to soil in runoff as influenced by polyacrylamide. Journal of Environmental Quality Journal of Environmental Quality. 43:2002–2008


Lopez-Velasco, Gabriela, Alejandro Tomas-Callejas, Adrian O. Sbodio, Xuan Pham, Polly Wei, Dawit Diribsa, and Trevor V. Suslow. 2015. Factors affecting cell population density during enrichment and subsequent molecular detection of Salmonella enterica and Escherichia coli O157:H7 on lettuce contaminated during field production, Food Control, doi: 10.1016/j.foodcont.2015.01.041.


Preharvest to Postharvest Microbial food safety systems,postharvest transportation, Postharvest pathology

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