Special Issue "Human Pathogens in Primary Production Systems"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Leonard S van Overbeek
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Guest Editor
Plant Research International, Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Interests: ecology of human pathogens (including E. coli O157, E. coli O104 and Salmonella Typhimurium) in freshly consumable crop plants; metagenomics on nematode- (Pratylenchus penetrans) suppressive soils; endophytic colonization of plant (root) growth promoting micro-organisms; so called bio-effectors; drought tolerance in Gram-negative bacteria

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Plants live in association with micro-organisms, and, occasionally, these micro-organisms show close taxonomical resemblance to micro-organisms that are potentially harmful to humans or are actual human pathogens. Not so much is known about these so-called presumptive human pathogens present in plants’ microbiomes. It is the aim of this Special Issue of Microorganisms to bring together original research papers and reviews on the topic of presumptive human pathogens in plant production systems. In particular, topics of interest of this Special Issue are presumptive human pathogens acting as ‘cross-kingdom hoppers’ between plants, animals, water, soil, and other ecosystems considered to be potential threats to human and animal health as well as the interaction between the microbiomes of plants and those of these other ecosystems relevant to plant production. This Special Issue arises from a collaboration within the European HUPLANT control network that is supported by EU COST. All manuscripts dealing with all kinds of presumptive pathogens occurring in plant production systems, such as fungi, bacteria, and viruses, or describing the potential threats they pose to humans, such as virulence traits, (antibiotic) resistance, and production of (myco-) toxins, are welcome.

Dr. Leonard S van Overbeek
Guest Editor

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  • human pathogens
  • plant production system
  • plant microbiome
  • plant–microbe interaction
  • ecosystem

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