College - Author 1

College of Science and Mathematics

Department - Author 1

Biological Sciences Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Biological Sciences



Primary Advisor

Pat Fidopiastis, College of Science and Mathematics, Biological Sciences Department


Agriculture represents a crucial aspect of the acquisition of food resources in modern society. Consequently, it is a paramount undertaking to process crops devoid of any pathogenic agents. A cleaning product named Pure Hard Surface Disinfectant was presented by Pure Biosciences, acclaiming its capacity to destroy bacteria and fungi, while impeding their proliferation for an extended duration following application. This pilot project sought to quantify the efficacy of Hard Surface Disinfectant. Empirical observations conducted thus far have concentrated on surveying the immediate effects of the principal ingredient, silver ion, on diverse bacterial strains. Future prospects for this project include a shift in focus towards evaluating Pure’s residual properties at 24, 48, and 72 hour intervals subsequent to its application. Further testing of Pure on agricultural machinery is an additional prospect that can be anticipated. After two quarters of data collection, the experimental endeavors yielded noteworthy reductions in the populations of various bacterial species, including Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Provided that forthcoming trials testing Pure surface disinfectant within the laboratory and on farm equipment are successful, it is promising that Pure may obtain certification from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and become a commercially available product.