Special Issue "Metagenomics and One Health: What Have We Learned about the Spread of Infectious Diseases between Animals and Humans?"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Infectious Disease Epidemiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 14 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Evelyn Doyle
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Guest Editor
Head, School of Biology & Environmental Science, University College Dublin, D04 V1W8 Dublin, Ireland
Interests: microbial ecology of diverse environments– microbial ecology of the rumen, soil, compost, grassland systems,etc; application of microorganisms in the cycling of compounds in the environment; biodegradation of xenobiotics
Dr. Alexandre B. de Menezes
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Guest Editor
Ryan Institute, School of Natural Sciences, National University of Ireland Galway, H91 TK33 Galway, Ireland
Interests: microbial ecology; metagenomics; next-generation sequencing; soil microbiome; antimicrobial resistance genes; animal gut microbiome; correlation network analysis; soil carbon; soil health; soil biogeochemistry; bioinformatics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The COVID19 pandemic has demonstrated the devastating potential of new diseases arising from a recent host transition from wild animals to humans. COVID19 also illustrates how poorly understood are the routes and mechanisms leading to a pathogen’s transition from one animal host species to another. Indeed, while human and livestock infectious diseases are the topics of countless research projects, relatively little attention has been paid to wild animal diseases and the factors that may influence wild-animal pathogen evolution and host transitions. The importance of the One Health concept, which views human health in connection with the health of animals and the environment, has never been so clear. It is imperative that the scientific community recognises the importance of infectious agents that may cross environmental and species barriers. This Special Issue will focus on studies using a One Health approach in combination with modern molecular techniques to understand the microbial ecological factors that may be linked to the evolution and emergence of new infectious diseases. In particular, we welcome studies that investigate the properties of microbial communities, such as their composition, richness, and stability, which may be linked to the spread of infectious diseases or infectious agents across environments and species barriers.

Dr. Evelyn Doyle
Dr. Alexandre B. de Menezes
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • metagenomics
  • metaviromics
  • microbiome genomics
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • host–microbiome interactions
  • virulence
  • One Health concept
  • wild animal microbiomes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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