Special Issue "Novel Research in Food Starter Cultures and Probiotic Bacteria"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Giovanna Felis
Guest Editor
Department of Biotechnology, University of Verona, Italy
Interests: microbial taxonomy; microbial agro-food biotechnology; microbiomes
Dr. Elisa Salvetti
Guest Editor
Department of Biotechnology, University of Verona, Italy
Interests: taxonomy; culture collections; genotype-phenotype matching; safety assessment; probiotics and regulation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues, 

The study of microbiomes and their ecology is unravelling new information regarding the biodiversity related to a particular niche (agro-food and/or human-related) and provides new data on the players that can be exploited to develop new products and/or improve their quality. Thus, food systems have much to gain from microbiome studies, transforming potential bioresources in new and/or improved starter/adjunct cultures and probiotics. 

Sequencing strategies (e.g., single-cell genomics, metabarcoding, metagenomics) and related bioinformatic approaches are key to the discovery step and to the evaluation of the impact of new culture applications, while the isolation and preservation of strains in culture collections is pivotal to permit the valorization of strain genetic potential. Further, fair regulation is of utmost importance to (i) guarantee sustainable exploitation of microbial diversity coming from different countries (Nagoya protocol), and (ii) support innovation introduced by the use of new genetic resources, guaranteeing safer and improved food/feed products and supplements (regulated products and market authorization).

Finally, consumers’ perspective ideally closes the food system circular perspective, being their preferences the driver of the food and health value chain. 

This special issue aims at collecting contributions in the different depicted areas: experimental researches as well as reviews and opinion papers are welcome dealing with basic and applied research on (i) microbial biodiversity discovery and (ii) application for safer, tastier and more nutritious food, feed and supplement formulations, (iii) technology transfer, (iv) regulatory issues and (v) consumers’ science to contribute to the definition of a systemic view on microbial bioresources as starter cultures and health-related applications in the one health perspective. 

Prof. Dr. Giovanna Felis
Dr. Elisa Salvetti
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Foods is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • starter cultures
  • probiotics
  • safety
  • efficacy
  • sensory attributes
  • technological robustness
  • consumer perception
  • regulation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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