Special Issue "Application of Bioprotective Strains in Food"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. María José Benito
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Nutrición y Bromatología, Escuela de Ingenierías Agrarias, Universidad de Extremadura, Avd. Adolfo Suárez s/n, 06007 Badajoz, Spain
Interests: food microbiology; beneficial microbes; natural bioactive compounds; prebiotic; food safety; proteins; enzymes; food quality
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Prof. Dr. Santiago Ruiz-Moyano
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Nutrición y Bromatología, Escuela de Ingenierías Agrarias, Universidad de Extremadura, Avd. Adolfo Suárez s/n, 06007 Badajoz, Spain
Interests: food microbiology; beneficial microbes; protective strains; starter cultures; prebiotic; food quality; food safety

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The application of bioprotective strains to improve the safety and stability of food and beverages is currently of great interest. Interesting research on biocontrol in the production of meat and dairy products and, to a lesser extent, in the manufacture of agricultural commodities is being undertaken. The growing increase in the food-consumption-induced transmission of pathogenic microorganisms through the food chain and the efforts to avoid the use of chemical compounds in food supports the need for research into alternative methods of preservation in this type of food. Different types of microorganisms, such as bacteria, yeasts, and moulds, produce compounds that control the growth of pathogenic microorganisms. Microorganisms and substances that can be used in biocontrol are of great importance, especially regarding their identification, activity, production conditions, antimicrobial mechanisms, and food application.

For this Special Issue of Foods, we invite authors to submit original research articles, short communications, and review papers covering at least one of the following topics:

  • Identification and characterization of novel bioprotective strains;
  • Antimicrobial mechanisms of bioprotective cultures in different foods;
  • The application of bioprotective cultures to extend their shelf life;
  • The influence of environmental conditions on the production of bioprotective compounds;
  • The impact of emerging food processing methods on the development of bioprotective technologies based on microorganisms.

Prof. María José Benito
Prof. Santiago Ruiz-Moyano
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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Keywords

  • food biopreservation
  • antimicrobial mechanisms
  • pathogens and spoilage microorganisms
  • environmental conditions
  • food preservation

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Control of Penicillium glabrum by Indigenous Antagonistic Yeast from Vineyards
Foods 2020, 9(12), 1864; https://doi.org/10.3390/foods9121864 - 14 Dec 2020
Abstract
Biocontrol is one of the most promising alternatives to synthetic fungicides for food preservation. Botrytis cinerea, Alternaria alternata, and Aspergillus section Nigri are the most concerning pathogens for grape development. However, frequently, other species, such as Penicillium glabrum in this study, are [...] Read more.
Biocontrol is one of the most promising alternatives to synthetic fungicides for food preservation. Botrytis cinerea, Alternaria alternata, and Aspergillus section Nigri are the most concerning pathogens for grape development. However, frequently, other species, such as Penicillium glabrum in this study, are predominant in spoiled bunches. In this work, 54 native yeasts from vineyards were screened by direct confrontation in potato dextrose agar plates as antagonists against P. glabrum. Isolates of Pichia terricola, Aureobasidium pullulans, and Zygoascus meyerae were selected for their antagonist activity in vitro, plus isolates of Pichia kudriavzevii, Hormonema viticola, and Hanseniaspora uvarum were used as negative controls. However, in vivo, confrontations in wounded grapes showed disagreement with direct confrontation in vitro. P. terricola, P. kudriavzevii, H. viticola, Z. meyerae, and H. uvarum significantly reduced the incidence of P. glabrum on grapes. Nevertheless, P. terricola, H. viticola, and H. uvarum themselves spoiled the wounded grapes. Inhibitions were associated with different mechanisms such as the production of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), lytic enzymes, biofilm formation, and competition for nutrients. The isolates of P. kudriavzevii L18 (a producer of antifungal VOCs which completely inhibited the incidence of P. glabrum) and Z. meyerae L29 (with pectinase, chitinase and β-glucanase activity and biofilm formation which reduced 70% of the incidence of P. glabrum) are proposed as suitable biocontrol agents against P. glabrum. Full article
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