Special Issue "Current Advances in Cheese Microbiology"

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Javier Carballo
Guest Editor
Food Technology Area, Faculty of Science, University of Vigo, Ourense, Spain
Interests: food quality; functional foods; fermented foods; meat products; meat product innovation; dairy products; cheese ripening
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Prof. Dr. Juan Antonio Centeno
Guest Editor
Food Technology Area, Faculty of Science, University of Vigo, Ourense, Spain
Interests: dairy technology; dairy microbiology; cheese making; cheese ripening; cheese flavor; lactic acid bacteria; adjunct cultures; traditional cheeses

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cheese is a complex microbial ecosystem comprising microorganisms that are deliberately added (natural or commercial starters and/or adjunct cultures) or that enter milk or cheese surfaces as contaminants (secondary or adventitious microbiota). Lactic acid bacteria (LAB), including starter and non-starter LAB, are the main ripening agents in internally ripened cheeses, which have an intermediate to long ripening period. On the other hand, externally ripened cheeses harbor numerous species of bacteria, yeasts and molds on the surface of the cheese. Flavor is generally more intense and rich in raw-milk cheeses, which contain much higher amounts of native microbiota than cheeses made from pasteurized or microfiltered milk. Indigenous LAB isolated from milk or cheese and surface bacteria and yeasts obtained from raw-milk cheeses or traditional brines have been associated with more complex volatile profiles and higher scores for different sensory attributes. Therefore, new efforts should be conducted to search for microbial strains that would enable the cheese maker to control or modify flavor and/or texture development. Nevertheless, the numerous microbial interactions involved in microbiota dynamics during cheese manufacturing and ripening are still far from being ascertained. The application of culture-independent methods based on high-throughput sequencing (e.g., targeting 16S rRNA or metabolic genes) is leading to major progress in understanding this complex microbial ecosystem and its impact on cheese ripening. As a result, this progress should enable a more targeted approach to starter/adjunct selection for cheese quality enhancement.

We look forward to receiving your submissions for a Special Issue on the “Current Advances in Cheese Microbiology”.

Prof. Dr. Javier Carballo
Prof. Dr. Juan Antonio Centeno
Guest Editors

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  • cheese microbiology
  • cheese ripening
  • cheese flavor
  • lactic acid bacteria
  • secondary microbiota

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