This study investigated the effect of chlorogenic acid grafted chitosan (CS-g-CA) on the microbiota composition of sea bass (Lateolabrax japonicus), isolated and identified the specific spoilage organisms (SSOs) in the late stage of refrigerated fillets and evaluation of their spoilage potential. Moreover, antibacterial activity and membrane damage mechanism of CS-g-CA against spoilage bacteria was also investigated. Illumina-MiSeq high throughput sequencing results showed that CS-g-CA retarded the growth of Pseudomonas spp., which largely contributed to delaying the quality degradation of sea bass during storage. Then nine spoilage bacteria were isolated and identified from the fillets at the end of storage and inoculated into sterile fish fillets to determine their spoilage capacity. Results showed that fish fillets inoculated with spoilage bacteria exhibited a significant increase in TVB-N, TBA and putrescine content and decreased sensory quality during storage. Subsequently, the inhibitory activity of CS-g-CA against spoilage bacteria was investigated and strains...

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