Special Issue "Dairy Spoilage Microorganisms, Mechanisms and Novel Preservation Strategies"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 10 April 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Francesca Fanelli
Guest Editor
Institute of Sciences of Food Production, Italian National Council of Research, ISPA-CNR, Via Amendola 122/O, 70126, Bari, Italy
Interests: genomics; microbial food safety; food spoilage; antibiotic resistance; virulence; biofilm; quorum sensing; foodborne pathogenic bacteria; Pseudomonas spp., Staphylococcus spp.; Arcobacter spp.; toxigenic fungi; fungal biotechnology
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Dr. Laura Quintieri
Guest Editor
Institute of Sciences of Food Production, Italian National Council of Research, ISPA-CNR, Italy
Interests: food proteins; bioactive peptides; natural antimicrobials; biofilms; bacterial physiology; proteomics
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Dr. Milena Brasca
Guest Editor
Institute of Sciences of Food Production, Italian National Council of Research, ISPA-CNR, Via Celoria 2, 20133 Milan, Italy
Interests: food microbiology; dairy science; raw milk cheese; food quality; food safety; food spoilage
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Reducing food spoilage and improving food quality are some of the biggest challenges facing food insecurity and food waste, which represent two of the most current social issues of this century.

In the dairy industry, spoilage causes losses of billions of dollars worldwide every year; in Europe, 20% of total production is lost every year. Microbial spoilage produces visible, such as discoloration, or non-visible defects, such as off-odor and -flavors, which impact the shelf life of dairy products. Proteolysis, lipolysis and pigments released by various microorganisms (gram-negative bacteria, yeasts, molds, and spore-forming bacteria) are some of the most characterized spoilage activities, although mechanisms responsible for their production and activation are still poorly explored; however, most of them are quorum sensing (QS) regulated, suggesting its potential role in dairy spoilage. Molecule signals have been detected in spoiled products where they affect microbial biodiversity and metabolic activities. Thus, preservation strategies blocking this communication system are considered as promising in counteracting spoilage phenomena.

This Special Issue aims to provide a fundamental understanding of the role of microbial cross-talk in the evolution of dairy spoilage, with respect to microbiota composition, metabolic pathways, enzymes and molecules involved in spoilage activity. Omics technologies are continuously offering new insights into the characterization of this issue. Genomics, metagenomics, proteomics and metabolomics studies will help us to understand the microbial ecology of spoiled products, and can be further addressed in this Special Issue. The development of novel preservation strategies, such as the utilization of natural antimicrobials and QS inhibitors, and their impact on the shelf life of dairy products, is welcomed. 

Dr. Francesca Fanelli
Dr. Laura Quintieri
Dr. Milena Brasca
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • dairy microbiology
  • biodiversity of the spoilage microbiota
  • spoilage mechanisms
  • genomics
  • metagenomics
  • proteomics
  • metabolomics
  • quorum sensing
  • biofilm
  • antibiofilm agents
  • natural antimicrobials
  • preservation techniques

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

  1. Quintieri L., Caputo L., Fanelli F. Recent advances in dairy spoilage: the role of QS in pigmenting P. fluorescens. CNR-ISPA
  2. Morandi S., Pica V., Masotti F., Brasca M., Silvetti T., De Noni I. A peptidomic insight on proteolytic phenomena of UHT milk gelation. CNR-ISPA, Defens, University of Milan
  3. Caputo L., Fanelli F., Quintieri L. Natural antimicrobials to prevent biofilm formation by cheese spoiler Pseudomonas spp.  CNR-ISPA
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