Special Issue "Natural Alternatives against Bacterial Foodborne Pathogens"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Adolfo J. Martinez-Rodriguez

Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias de la Alimentación (CIAL) (CSIC-UAM) CEI (CSIC+UAM), C/ Nicolás Cabrera, 9, Campus de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain
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Guest Editor
Dr. Jose Manuel Silvan

Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias de la Alimentación (CIAL) (CSIC-UAM) CEI (CSIC+UAM), C/ Nicolás Cabrera, 9, Campus de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, 28049 Madrid, Spain
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, increased resistance to antibiotics and disinfectants from foodborne bacterial pathogens has become a relevant consumer health issue and a growing concern for food safety authorities. In this situation, there is great interest in developing new strategies that can be used as useful alternatives to antibiotics and disinfectants. Natural antimicrobials are among the most promising candidates, as these substances have good acceptability, low toxicity levels, and high sustainability. Many of these natural compounds have been shown to have different bioactivities (e.g., antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, inhibitors of bacterial adherence and biofilm formation, etc.) against the main foodborne pathogens, including Campylobacter, Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli, Clostridium, and others. This Special Issue of Microorganisms is focused on presenting the state-of-the-art in these new developments. We invite you to submit your most recent contributions to this field to this Special Issue, including (but not restricted to) the following natural alternatives:

  • Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory peptides;
  • Bacteriophage therapy;
  • Fatty acids and essential oils;
  • Food ingredients and food by-products;
  • Inhibitors of bacterial adherence, bacterial biofilms, and quorum sensing;
  • Microbial-derived products;
  • Nanomaterials, nanoparticles, nanotechnology;
  • Phytochemicals and plant extracts;
  • Probiotics and next-generation probiotics;
  • Vaccination and subunit vaccines.

Dr. Adolfo J. Martinez-Rodriguez
Dr. Jose Manuel Silvan
Guest Editors

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  • foodborne pathogens
  • antibiotic resistance
  • multidrug-resistant strains
  • natural compounds
  • antibacterial activity
  • anti-inflammatory activity
  • antibiotic alternatives
  • bacterial biofilms
  • bacteriophage therapy
  • essential oils
  • food by-products
  • nanoparticles
  • phenolic compounds
  • plant extracts
  • probiotics
  • sustainability
  • vaccination
  • anti-adherence properties
  • bacteriocins

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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