Special Issue "Genetics of Antimicrobial Resistance"

A special issue of Genes (ISSN 2073-4425). This special issue belongs to the section "Microbial Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Avelino Álvarez-Ordoñez
Guest Editor
Department of Food Hygiene and Technology and Institute of Food Science and Technology, University of León, León, Spain
Interests: Microbial stress responses, antimicrobial resistance, occurrence and persistence of foodborne pathogens, biofilms, biocontrol, metagenomics
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Dr. José F. Cobo-Díaz
Guest Editor
Department of Food Hygiene and Technology and Institute of Food Science and Technology, Universidad de León, León, Spain
Interests: microbial ecology; metagenomics; genomics; NGS data analysis; antimicrobial resistance

Special Issue Information

Antimicrobial Resistance (AR) is an increased risk for human health, due to the intensive use of antimicrobial compounds on agricultural applications and livestock industries in recent decades. The spread of AR genes along the food chain is an important health risk factor that needs to be deeply studied. Moreover, recent studies on AR genes (ARGs) spread along wastewater or even coastal sea water samples have shown the prevalence of such genes in natural environments due to human activities, which can involve ecosystem disturbances.

Whole genome and metaganome sequencing technologies, including both next-generation sequencing (NGS) and software development for NGS data analysis, have notably increased the capacity to detect and study ARGs on isolated bacteria and environmental samples. These technologies also allow one to determine the genomic environment of such ARGs, including mobile element regions, favoring the execution of more accurate risk assessments. Furthermore, transcriptomic and metatranscriptomic approaches have allowed one to obtain a wider knowledge of the genetic regulation of AR on isolated bacteria. 

This Special Issue welcomes submissions on issues relating to the genetics of antimicrobial resistance in the food chain and the environment, including on topics such as comparative genomics, ARG detection on environmental samples, whole genome sequencing, whole metagenome sequencing, transcriptomics, and the characterization of genes involved in AR and its regulation.

All contributions to this Special Issue must be in line with the scope of the journal. Manuscripts discovered, during any stage of peer review process, to be outside of the scope may be transferred to a suitable section or field, or withdrawn from review.

With this background, we welcome researchers working on antimicrobial resistance across the world to contribute their high-quality original research manuscripts, critical reviews, and opinion articles covering all these aspects related to the genetics of antimicrobial resistance.

Dr. Avelino Álvarez-Ordoñez
Dr. José F. Cobo-Díaz
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. Genes 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.


  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Whole-genome sequencing
  • Metagenomics
  • RNA-seq.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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