University of Nebraska Wins USDA Grant for E.coli Research

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is receiving a $25 million federal grant to research various forms of E. coli bacteria.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday that it has awarded the grant to help reduce the public health risks from Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in the production of beef.

The acting director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture is set to award the grant to a university research team Monday in Lincoln.

The award is going to Dr. James Keen and a multi-institutional team of researchers and specialists. The project will focus on identifying various hazards and assessing exposures that lead to infections in cattle. The findings could help improve detection methods, risk management and other protections.