Dr Jane Beal
Profiles

Dr Jane Beal

Associate Lecturer

School of Biological & Marine Sciences (HP) (Faculty of Science & Engineering (HP))

Professional membership

Fellow of the Linnean Society of London

Society for Applied Microbiology

Teaching interests

Microbiology, Nutrition, Biochemistry

Research interests

My main research interests are the use of dietary interventions in the form of fermented or acidified feed for food animals (principally pigs and chickens) to influence the prevalence of foodborne diseases caused by organisms such as Salmonella, VTEC and Campylobacter.

My research is currently focussed on:-

The effect of fermented or acidified feed(s) and/or probiotic lactic acid bacteria on the gut microflora of food animals.

The response of foodborne pathogens to the types of environmental stress encountered in fermented or acidified foods/feed and the effect of minerals on that response

Research groups

  • Food, Nutrition and Health

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Obinna-Echem PC, Beal J & Kuri V 2014 'Effect of processing method on the mineral content of Nigerian fermented maize infant complementary food - Akamu' LWT - Food Science and Technology 61, (1) 145-151 Publisher Site , DOI
Obinna-Echem, Kuri V & Beal J 2014 'Fermentation and antimicrobial characteristics of Lactobacillus plantarum and Candida tropicalis from Nigerian fermented maize (akamu)' International Journal of Food Studies 3, (10) 186-202 Publisher Site , DOI
Habil N, Abate W, Beal J & Foey AD 2014 'Heat-killed probiotic bacteria differentially regulate colonic epithelial cell production of human β-defensin-2: dependence on inflammatory cytokines' Benef Microbes 5, (4) 483-495 Author Site , DOI
Alshaghdali K, Hayward C, Beal J & Foey A 2014 'Macrophage subsets exhibit selective endotoxin tolerance induced by Escherichia coli LPS' IMMUNOLOGY 143, 99-99 Author Site
Hawar S, Vevers W, Karieb S, Ali BK, Billington R & Beal J 2013 'Biotransformation of patulin to hydroascladiol by Lactobacillus plantarum' FOOD CONTROL 34, (2) 502-508 Author Site , DOI
Kuri V, Obinna-Echem PC & Beal J 2013 'Evaluation of the microbial community, acidity and proximate composition of akamu, a fermented maize food' Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 94, (2) 331-340 Publisher Site , DOI
Hardy H, Harris J, Lyon E, Beal J & Foey AD 2013 'Probiotics, prebiotics and immunomodulation of gut mucosal defences: homeostasis and immunopathology' Nutrients 5, (6) 1869-1912 Author Site , DOI
Habil N, Al-Murrani W, Beal J & Foey AD 2011 'Probiotic bacterial strains differentially modulate macrophage cytokine production in a strain-dependent and cell subset-specific manner' Benef Microbes 2, (4) 283-293 Author Site , DOI
Niba AT, Beal JD, Kudi AC & Brooks PH 2009 'Bacterial fermentation in the gastrointestinal tract of non-ruminants: Influence of fermented feeds and fermentable carbohydrates' TROPICAL ANIMAL HEALTH AND PRODUCTION 41, (7) 1393-1407 Author Site , DOI
Niba AT, Beal JD, Kudi AC & Brooks PH 2009 'Potential of bacterial fermentation as a biosafe method of improving feeds for pigs and poultry' AFRICAN JOURNAL OF BIOTECHNOLOGY 8, (9) 1758-1767 Author Site
Niven SJ, Beal JD & Brooks PH 2006 'The effect of controlled fermentation on the fate of synthetic lysine in liquid diets for pigs' Animal Feed Science and Technology 129, (3-4) 304-315
Beal JD, Niven SJ, Brooks PH & Gill BP 2005 'Variation in short chain fatty acid and ethanol concentration resulting from the natural fermentation of wheat and barley for inclusion in liquid diets for pigs' Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture 85, (3) 433-440
Beal JD, Niven SJ, Brooks PH & Campbell A 2004 'The effect of copper on the death rate of Salmonella typhimurium DT104 : 30 in food substrates acidified with organic acids' Letters in Applied Microbiology 38, (1) 8-12
Niven SJ, Beal JD & Brooks PH 2004 'The simultaneous determination of short chain fatty acid, monosaccharides and ethanol in fermented liquid pig diets' Animal Feed Science and Technology 117, (3-4) 339-345
Beal JD, Niven SJ, Campbell A & Brooks PH 2002 'The effect of temperature on the growth and persistence of Salmonella in fermented liquid pig feed' International Journal of Food Microbiology 79, (1-2) 99-104
Geary TM, Brooks PH, Beal JD & Campbell A 1999 'Effect on weaner pig performance and diet microbiology of feeding a liquid diet acidified to pH 4 with either lactic acid or through fermentation with Pediococcus acidilactici' JOURNAL OF THE SCIENCE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURE 79, (4) 633-640 Author Site , DOI
Chapters
Beal JD, Brooks PH & Gill BP 2002 'The effect of dry matter concentration of liquid diets on the growth performance of grower finisher pigs' Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science 2002 British Society of Animal Science
Moran CA, Ward G, Beal JD, Campbell A, Brooks PH & Miller BG 2001 'Influence of liquid feed, fermented liquid feed, dry feed and sow's milk fed ad libitum, on the 'ecophysiology' of the terminal ileum, caecum and colon of the post-weaned piglet' in Lindberg JE; Ogle B Digestive physiology of pigs 266-268
Brooks PH, Moran CA, Beal JD, Demeckova V & Campbell A 2001 'Liquid feeding for the young pig' in Varley MA; Wiseman J The weaner pig: Nutrition and management 153-178
Brooks PH, Beal JD & Niven S 2001 'Liquid feeding of pigs: potential for reducing environmental impact and for improving productivity and food safety' in Corbett JL Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition in Australia, Volume 13 49-63
Beal JD, Moran CA, Campbell A & Brooks PH 2001 'Microbiology of fermented feed: the potential for eliminating enteropathogens from feed' in Corbett JL Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition in Australia, Volume 13 20A-20A
Beal JD & Brooks PH 2001 'The effect of protease pre-treatment of raw or micronized soyabean meal on the growth performance and carcass composition of liquid-fed grower and finisher pigs' in Corbett JL Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition in Australia Volume 13 University of New England
Beal JD, Campbell A & Brooks PH 2001 'The effect of temperature and fermentation time on the survival of Salmonella typhimurium DT 104:30 in liquid feed fermented with Pediococcus pentosaceus' Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science British Society of Animal Science
Beal JD, Moran CA, Campbell A & Brooks PH 2001 'The survival of potentially pathogenic E. coli in fermented liquid feed' in Lindberg JE; Ogle B Digestive physiology of pigs CAB International 351-353
Thorpe J & Beal JD 2001 'Vegetable Protein Meals and the Effects of Enzymes' in Bedford MR; Partridge GG Enzymes in Farm Animal Nutrition CABI International 125-143
Conference Papers
Alshaghdali K, Haywood C, Beal J & Foey A 2014 'Macrophage subsets exhibit selective endotoxin tolerance induced by Escherichia coli LPS' 29-29
Habil N, Al-Shamgani H, Beal J & Foey A 2011 'Probiotics modulate epithelial cell barrier properties influenced by co-culture with macrophages' 131-131