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Special Issue "Marine Probiotics and Prebiotics"

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 February 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Rui C. Morais

Catholic University of Portugal, CBQF – Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry – Associate Laboratory, Rua Arquiteto Lobão Vital, Apartado 2511, 4202-401 Porto, Portugal
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Interests: production, extraction and optimization of bioactive compounds from microalgae biomass and applications thereof in food/feed, and health
Guest Editor
Dr. Ana Cristina Freitas

Catholic University of Portugal, CBQF – Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry – Associate Laboratory, Rua Arquiteto Lobão Vital, Apartado 2511, 4202-401 Porto, Portugal
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Interests: functional foods; human health; probiotics and prebiotics; marine and other natural products; microbiology; food science and technology; nutrigenomics; microencapsulation
Guest Editor
Dr. Ana M.P. Gomes

Catholic University of Portugal, CBQF – Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry – Associate Laboratory, Rua Arquiteto Lobão Vital, Apartado 2511, 4202-401 Porto, Portugal
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Interests: functional foods and health; microbiota; probiotics and prebiotics; marine and other natural products; microbiology; food science and technology; nutrition; microencapsulation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,                

Marine environments are a huge source of natural products and microorganisms with nutritional and biological impact on the host, of both animal and human origins. Currently, a major field of targeted application is modulation of gut microbiota, which play essential roles in mucosal barrier, metabolic, and immunomodulatory functions, toward a balanced health status. Well-documented evidence has demonstrated how probiotics may help in recovering symbiosis between colonic microbiota and the host or reestablish states of dysbiosis. For example, the application of probiotic bacteria, of both human and fish origins, in the feed or rearing water in the prevention of different fish diseases has received considerable attention in recent years. This has stimulated the aquaculture industry to increase efforts in development of probiotic products for aquaculture use. Nevertheless, these emerging marine probiotics may also be studied for human dietary applications. Successful strategies targeting health promotion and disease prevention of host have also focused on prebiotic compounds in complimentary function to probiotic modulation. Prebiotics are non-digestible compounds that stimulate the growth and activity of beneficial gut bacteria. Among these, the most promising seem to be oligo and polysaccharides or their functionalized derivatives. Potential marine-derived prebiotics are found in seaweeds and microalgae among other organisms, and include alginates, fucoidans, carrageenans and exopolysaccharides. Current research has been focusing on the study of the beneficial mechanisms associated therewith, alone or in combination with probiotics, on technological challenges to be overcome when incorporation in feed, food and nutraceutical products as well as on safety and regulatory aspects.

As Guest Editors of this Special Issue of Marine Drugs, we invite you to provide recent advances in all these emerging and challenging aspects of marine probiotics and prebiotics.

Dr. Rui C. Morais
Dr. Ana M. P. Gomes
Dr. Ana Cristina Freitas
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Marine Drugs is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • Marine probiotics
  • Marine prebiotics
  • Polysaccharides and oligosaccharides
  • Prebiotic functionalization
  • Feed and Aquaculture
  • Nutraceutical
  • Food applications
  • Technological and Functional Traits
  • Safety and Regulatory Issues

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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