Alternatives to Antibiotics: Current Strategies and Future Prospects
A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2014) | Viewed by 48200
Interests: innate immunity; host defense peptides; antibiotic alternatives
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Subtherapeutic use of antibiotics in animal agriculture poses a serious threat to public health by increasing the risk of disseminating antibiotic-resistant pathogens. The European Union has banned the use of antibiotics as growth promoters. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is implementing a new policy to phase out the application of medically important antibiotics to healthy animals by December 2016. Alternatives to antibiotics are, therefore, urgently needed to ensure animal health and productivity and food safety and security. Although a long list of compounds are currently available on the antibiotic alternatives market, very few can match the efficacy of antibiotics in growth promotion and disease resistance. This Special Issue will provide an update on our search for more effective antibiotic alternatives. More importantly, some of the promising strategies that are being developed will be highlighted. This special issue will also serve as a platform for leading researchers to discuss the future directions of our pursuit for alternatives to antibiotics.
Dr. Guolong Zhang
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- antimicrobial resistance
- antibiotic growth promoters
- antibiotic alternatives
- host defense peptides
- antimicrobial peptides
- essential oils