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Renee Boyer

Associate Professor

  • Extension Specialist

Education
  • Ph.D., Food Science and Technology, Virginia Tech, 2006
  • M.S., Food Science and Technology, Virgina Tech, 2002
  • B.S., Biology, Radford University, 1999

Employment History

2006 - Present: Assistant Professor/ Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA


Honors and Awards

Outstanding Team Award, Food Safety Team, Epsilon Sigma Phi Alpha Gamma Chapter; 2009

Pre- and post-harvest interventions to enhance the safety of fresh and fresh cut fruits and vegetables, as well as Development of Interventions and Educational Programs to Empower Food Handlers to Use Safer Practices.

Extension Program

My extension program focuses on Consumer Food Safety Education. I am the extension specialist leading the states Food Safety Team. This team includes a district program leader and 4 extension agents from across the state of Virginia. Our charge is to evaluate the educational programming needs for the citizens of Virginia and provide food safety curriculum. Current programs offered include: Serv safe, Cooking for Crowds and So Easy to Preserve.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Pollard, S., J. Barak, R. Boyer, M. Reiter, G. Gu, S. Rideout. 2014. Potential interactions between Salmonella enterica and Ralstonia solanacearum in tomato plants. Journal of Food Protection. 77(2):320-324.

Harrison, J., J. Gaskins, M. Harrison, J. Cannon, R. Boyer, G. Zehnder. 2013. Survey of food safety practices on small to mediumsized farms and in farmers markets. Journal of Food Protection. 76(11)1989-93.

Maitland, J., R. Boyer, D. Gallagher, S. Duncan, N. Bauer, J. Kause, J. Eifert. 2013. Tracking cross-contamination transfer dynamics at a mock retail deli market using GloGerm. Journal of Food Protection. 76(2):272-82.

Robertson, L., R. Boyer, B. Chapman, J. Eifert, A. Villalba, N. Franz. 2013.  Assessment of educational needs and current practices of front-line grocery associate food handlers in the deli and bakery. Food Control. 34(2):707-13.

Huff, K., R. Boyer, C. Denbow, S. O'Keefe, R. Williams. 2012. Survival of Salmonella enterica on the surface and internal components of jalapenos. Journal of Food Protection. 75(2) 382-388.

Lopez-Velasco, G., H. Tydings, R. Boyer, G. Welbaum, M. Ponder. 2012. Characterization of interactions between Escherichia coli O157:H7 with epiphytic bacteria in vitro and on spinach leaf surfaces. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 153 (3): 351-357.

Sarnoski, P., R. Boyer, S. O'Keefe. 2012. Application of proanthocyanidins from peanut skins as a natural yeast inhibitory agent. Journal of Food Science. 77(4)M242-M249.

Tyler, C., M. Jahncke, S. Sumner, C. Hackney, R. Boyer, H. Wang, T. Rippen. 2012.  Inhibition of Listeria monocytogenes by Carnobacterium piscicola in Fresh and Pasteurized Crab Meat. Food Protection Trends. 32(7) 384-390.

Lopez-Velasco, G., R. Boyer, G. Welbaum, M. Ponder. 2011. Changes in spinach phylloepiphytic bacteria communities following minimal processing and refrigerated storage described using pyrosequencing of 16S rRNA amplicons. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 110 (5): 1203-1214.

Boyer, R., S. Sumner, R. Williams, K. Kniel, J. McKinney. 2011. Role of Escherichia coli O157:H7 O-antigen on cell's overall hydrophobicity, charge and ability to attach to lettuce. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 147(3):228-232.

Maitland, J., R. Boyer, J. Eifert, R. Williams. 2011. High pressure processing reduces Salmonella enterica in whole and diced tomatoes. International Journal of Food Microbiology. 149(2):113-117.

Gutierrez, Tyler, C., M. Jahncke, S. Sumner, R. R Boyer, C. Hackney, T. Rippen. Characterization of Package Types on the Quality and Shelf-Life of Fresh Crab Meat. Food Protection Trends. Food Protection Trends. 30:796-802.

Hintz, L., R. R. Boyer, R. C. Williams, S. R. Rideout, M. A. Ponder. 2010. Contamination of Tomato Plant tissues with Salmonella enterica when introduced through Irrigation Water. HortScience. 45:675-678.

Lopez-Velasco, G., M. A. Davis, R. R. Boyer, R. C. Williams and M. Ponder. 2010. Alterations of the ephylloepiphytic bacterial community associated with interactions of E. coli O157:H7 during storage of packaged spinach at refrigeration temperatures. Food Microbiology. 27:476-486.

Samperio, C., R. R Boyer, W. N. Eigel, K. W. Holland, J. S. McKinney, S. F. O’Keefe, R. Smith, J. E. Marcy. 2010. Formation, characterization and stability of natural antimicrobial-cyclodextrin complexes. Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. 58:12950-12956.

 

Peer-Reviewed Extension publications

Eifert, J., R. Boyer, R. Williams, S. Sumner. 2014.  “Vegetable Fermentation.”  Under review.

Morris, W., R. Williams, R. Boyer. 2013. “Developing a Farm Based Traceability System", the first in a Fresh Produce Food Safety Series of publications sponsored through the Virginia Tech Department of Food Science and Technology. Under review.

Boyer, R., R. Williams, A. Villalba, R. James, R. Grisso. 2013. Important facts about the safety of unpasteurized (raw) milk. In press.

Chase, M., R. Boyer. 2013. Leave 'Em Star Struck: A Fruits and Vegetables Food Demonstration Activity for Farmers Markets.

Chase, M., R. Boyer. 2013. Master Volunteer Foods Demonstration Guide.

Boyer, R., A. Villalba, K. Bacon. 2012. Direct Market Food Sale Regulations.

Boyer, R., A. Villalba, K. Bacon. 2012. How do you know if your food is safe to sell?

Boyer, R., J. Harrison, J. Gaskins, M. Harrison, J. Cannon, G. Zehnder. 2012. Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce – Farm Worker Toilet and Handwashing Facilities. (2pp.) Bulletin # FDNS-E-168-7. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Available through VCE.

Boyer, R., J. Harrison, J. Gaskins, M. Harrison, J. Cannon, G. Zehnder. 2012. Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce – Farm Worker Hygiene. (2pp.) Bulletin # FDNS-E-168-6. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Available through VCE.

Boyer, R., S. McCurdy. 2012. Is it safe to eat? Use a food thermometer to be SURE. Publication number FST-28NP-A.

Boyer, R., S. McCurdy. 2012. Is it safe to eat? Use a food thermometer to be SURE. Publication number FST-028NP-B.

Boyer R., S. McCurdy. 2012. Se puede comer con seguridad? Use un termómetro de alimentos para estar SEGURO. Publication number FST-28NP-C.

Boyer R., S. McCurdy. 2012. Se puede comer con seguridad? Use un termómetro de alimentos para estar SEGURO. Publication number FST-028NP-D.

Gaskins, J., J. Harrison, M. Harrison, J. Cannon, R. Boyer, G. Zehnder. Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce – Land Use. (2pp.) Bulletin # FDNS-E-168-3. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Available through VCE.

Gaskin, J., J. Harrison, M. Harrison, J. Cannon, R. Boyer, G. Zehnder. 2012. Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce – Water Use. (2pp.) Bulletin # FDNS-E-168-4. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Available through VCE.

Gaskins, J., J. Harrison, M. Harrison, J. Cannon, R. Boyer, G. Zehnder. 2012. Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce – Manure Use. (2pp.) Bulletin # FDNS-E-168-5. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Available through VCE.

Harrison, J., J. Gaskins, M. Harrison, J. Cannon, R. Boyer, G. Zehnder. 2012. Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce – Farm Self-Help Form. (2pp.) Bulletin # FDNS-E-168-1. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension. Available through VCE.

Harrison, J., J. Gaskins, M. Harrison, J. Cannon, R. Boyer, G. Zehnder. 2012. Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce – Transporting Produce Safely. (2pp.) Bulletin # FDNS-E-168-9. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

Harrison, J., J. Gaskins, M. Harrison, J. Cannon, R. Boyer, G. Zehnder. 2012. Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce – Farmers Market Self-Help Form. (4pp.) Bulletin # FDNS-E-168-11. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

Harrison, J., R. Boyer. 2012. Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce – On the Farm (2pp.) Bulletin # FDNS-E-168-2. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

Harrison, J., M. Harrison, J. Gaskins, J. Cannon, R. Boyer, G. Zehnder. 2012. Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce – Harvesting and Storage. (4pp.) Bulletin # FDNS-E-168-8. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

Zehnder, G., J. Gaskins, J. Harrison, M. Harrison, R. Boyer, J. Cannon. 2012. Enhancing the Safety of Locally Grown Produce – Farm Self-Help Form. (2pp.) Bulletin # FDNS-E-168-10. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.

Boyer, R., J. McKinney. 2011. Boiling Water Bath Canning. Extension publication number 348-594.

Villalba, A., R. R. Boyer, J. McKinney. 2010. Understanding and managing food allergens. Virginia Cooperative Extension Publication number 348-940.

 

    Dr. Renee Raiden Boyer

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    Blacksburg, VA 24061
    USA