Ian Singleton

Ian Singleton

Prof Ian Singleton FHEA

Professor

Biography

Education :

BSc Microbiology (Sp. Hons) : Sheffield University, UK (1983-1986)
PhD Microbiology : Sheffield University, UK (1986-1989)

Work : I have a range of academic and commercial work experience and have enjoyed working in different countries giving me an international perspective.

Academic appointments :
Lecturer in Mycology and Environmental Microbiology, University College Dublin, Ireland (1989-1995)
Lecturer in Soil Microbiology, Adelaide University, Australia (1995-2000)
Senior Lecturer (Microbiology), Newcastle University, UK (2000-2015)
Professor in Environmental Microbiology, School of Applied Science, Edinburgh Napier University, (2016 - present)

Other academic appointments :
I was a visiting research associate at the University of Liverpool during a sabbatical period from July 1999-Dec 1999.
EC Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellow (2011-2014) at UC Berkeley, USA and Newcastle University. I was fortunate to work in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley (Prof Tom Bruns Lab) to study the application of next generation DNA sequencing for soil fungal community assessment.

Research: My main research interests are in applied environmental microbiology with a current focus on the following topics :

1. Methods to reduce spoilage and microbial contamination of fresh ready to eat plant produce. Current projects are examining the ecology of Listeria in horticultural soils and the use of electrolysed water to reduce microbial loads on fruit and vegetables.
2. Soil microbial communities : I work on the effects of pollutants on soil microbes and how soil microbes contribute to plant growth e.g. the involvement of soil microbial populations in a phenomenon called yield decline that occurs in a variety of important crop types.


Commercial work experience :
I have been involved in the development of two University start up companies that applied research findings.
The first company started in 2003 (as BioFresh Ltd) focussed on novel residue-free methods to store fresh ready to eat produce. The second company (Geneius Laboratories Ltd started in 2007) is a food testing company and we developed novel UKAS approved PCR/DNA based (rapid) tests to detect microbes in food samples.

This commercial experience helps me to work effectively with companies and is also useful for my teaching as I'm able to demonstrate in classes, using personal examples, how research findings can be applied commercially.

Research Groups

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Events

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Conference Activity

  • Asia-Pacific SETAC conference, Beijing, 2007.
  • International workshop on risk management for pesticide residues, Yogyakarta, Indonesia (1999).

 

Editorial Activity

  • Member of editorial board of the journal Process Biochemistry (3 year term) and am currently on the Editorial Boards of Environmental Biotechnology and the Chinese Journal of Environmental Sciences
  • Editor of Mycology News (the British Mycological Society Quarterly Newsletter)

 

External Examining/Validations

  • PhD external examiner
  • External examiner for a suite of MScs (3) at the University of Aberdeen

 

Grant Funding Panel Member

  • Member of BBSRC Follow on Fund Review panel

 

Invited Speaker

  • 'Economic and Social Impact of Fungal Deteriogens' : 2009. Joint meeting of British Mycological Society and International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation Society, Manchester Univ, 2009.
  • International conference on Bioavailability in Australia (2001).
  • International SETAC conference in Aberdeen, UK (Sep 2003).
  • EU Asia-Link workshop, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2006.
  • Examples of Invited research seminars : UC Berkeley, USA, CEH Oxford, University College Cork, University of Aberdeen, Newcastle University, Prince of Songhkla University, Thailand.

 

Media Activity

  • Radio 2 (2001) : Use of seaweed in the bioremediation of DDT contaminated soil
  • Radio 4 (2007) : Can ozone gas be used to reduce microbial contamination of fresh fruit and vegetable produce ?
  • Various Australian TV and Radio presentations (1997-1999) discussing microbial based bioremediation of contaminated soil

 

Reviewing

  • Regular reviewer for journals including Post Harvest Biology and Technology, Applied Soil Ecology

 

Date


52 results

The fungal threat to global food security

Journal Article
Avery, S. V., Singleton, I., Magan, N., & Goldman, G. H. (2019)
The fungal threat to global food security. Fungal Biology, 123(8), 555-557. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.funbio.2019.03.006
Fungi threaten the security of food supply to human populations on several fronts. They destroy up to 30 % of crop products through disease and spoilage processes, while mycot...

Listeria monocytogenes isolates from ready to eat plant produce are diverse and have virulence potential.

Journal Article
Smith, A., Hearn, J., Taylor, C., Wheelhouse, N., Kaczmarek, M., Moorhouse, E., & Singleton, I. (2019)
Listeria monocytogenes isolates from ready to eat plant produce are diverse and have virulence potential. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 299, 23-32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2019.03.013
Listeria monocytogenes is sporadically detected on a range of ready to eat fresh produce lines, such as spinach and rocket, and is a threat to public health. However, little i...

Microbes associated with fresh produce: sources, types and methods to reduce spoilage and contamination

Book Chapter
Kaczmarek, M., Avery, S. V., & Singleton, I. (2019)
Microbes associated with fresh produce: sources, types and methods to reduce spoilage and contamination. In G. M. Gadd, & S. Sariaslani (Eds.), Advances in Applied Microbiology. Vol 107, (29-82). Elsevier. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.aambs.2019.02.001
Global food security remains one of the most important challenges that needs to be addressed to ensure the increasing demand for food of the fast growing human population is s...

Sources and survival of Listeria monocytogenes on fresh, leafy produce

Journal Article
on fresh, leafy produce. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 125(4), 930-942. https://doi.org/10.1111/jam.14025

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on fresh, leafy produce. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 125(4), 930-942. https://doi.org/10.1111/jam.14025
Listeria monocytogenes in an intracellular human pathogen which enters the body through contaminated food stuffs and is known to contaminate fresh leafy produce such as spinac...

Sources and contamination routes of microbial pathogens to fresh produce during field cultivation: A review

Journal Article
Alegbeleye, O. O., Singleton, I., & Sant’Ana, A. S. (2018)
Sources and contamination routes of microbial pathogens to fresh produce during field cultivation: A review. Food Microbiology, 73, 177-208. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fm.2018.01.003
Foodborne illness resulting from the consumption of contaminated fresh produce is a common phenomenon and has severe effects on human health together with severe economic and ...

Evidence for rapid, tide-related shifts in the microbiome of the coral Coelastrea aspera

Journal Article
Sweet, M. J., Brown, B. E., Dunne, R. P., Singleton, I., & Bulling, M. (2017)
Evidence for rapid, tide-related shifts in the microbiome of the coral Coelastrea aspera. Coral Reefs, 36(3), 815-828. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00338-017-1572-y
Shifts in the microbiome of the intertidal coral Coelastrea aspera (formally known as Goniastrea aspera) from Phuket, Thailand were noted over the course of a four day period ...

Isolation of Indigenous Hydrocarbon Transforming Bacteria from Oil Contaminated Soils in Libya: Selection for Use as Potential Inocula for Soil Bioremediation

Journal Article
Hakima, A., & Ian, S. (2017)
Isolation of Indigenous Hydrocarbon Transforming Bacteria from Oil Contaminated Soils in Libya: Selection for Use as Potential Inocula for Soil Bioremediation. International journal of environmental bioremediation & biodegradation, 5(1), 8-17. https://doi.org/10.12691/ijebb-5-1-2
The Libyan oil industry has left a significant legacy of contamination and methods are required to remediate oil-contaminated soils in the area. In this work hydrocarbon utili...

Soil contamination with silver nanoparticles reduces Bishop pine growth and ectomycorrhizal diversity on pine roots.

Journal Article
Sweet, M. J., & Singleton, I. (2015)
Soil contamination with silver nanoparticles reduces Bishop pine growth and ectomycorrhizal diversity on pine roots. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 17, 448. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11051-015-3246-4
Soil contamination by silver nanoparticles (AgNP) is of potential environmental concern but little work has been carried out on the effect of such contamination on ectomycorrh...

Investigation of potential reasons for bacterial survival on ‘ready-to-eat’ leafy produce during exposure to gaseous ozone

Journal Article
Wani, S., Barnes, J., & Singleton, I. (2016)
Investigation of potential reasons for bacterial survival on ‘ready-to-eat’ leafy produce during exposure to gaseous ozone. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 111, 185-190. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postharvbio.2015.08.007
Fresh leafy produce, such as lettuce and coriander, are subject to post-harvest microbial contamination and decay. Because of increasing pesticide resistance and consumer pres...

Effect of Ozone Treatment on Inactivation of Escherichia coli and Listeria sp. on Spinach

Journal Article
Wani, S., Maker, J., Thompson, J., Barnes, J., & Singleton, I. (2015)
Effect of Ozone Treatment on Inactivation of Escherichia coli and Listeria sp. on Spinach. Agriculture, 5(2), 155-169. https://doi.org/10.3390/agriculture5020155
The efficacy of “gaseous” ozone in reducing numbers and re-growth of food-borne pathogens, (Escherichia coli and Listeria spp.), on leafy salads was investigated using spinach...

Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Novel methods to inhibit food spoilage microbes
  • External PhD supervision at University of Nottingham