Special Issue "Stress-Tolerant Foodborne Pathogens: Characteristics, Mechanisms, and Food Safety Control"

A special issue of Pathogens (ISSN 2076-0817).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Byeonghwa Jeon
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Guest Editor
Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA
Interests: foodborne pathogens; stress tolerance; antibiotic resistance

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The technologies used by the food industry for food sterilization, preservation, and processing are designed to prevent and control food contamination by pathogens. However, stress tolerance in foodborne pathogens sustains bacterial viability under a myriad of stressors in the food supply chain, seriously affecting food safety. For instance, bacterial tolerance to desiccation and heat treatment enables enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli and Salmonella to survive in low-water-activity foods such as flour, and can cause foodborne outbreaks and food recall. The increased tolerance of Campylobacter to atmospheric oxygen increases the risk of food contamination and human exposure by this microaerophilic pathogen. Additionally, bacteria rely on numerous complicated survival mechanisms, such as the formation of biofilms and viable-but-non culturable (VBNC) cells, making it more difficult to eliminate stress-tolerant pathogens from the food supply chain. It is critical to prevent food contamination by stress-tolerant pathogens.

To address this important food safety problem, in this Special Issue, we aim to generate a better understanding of stress tolerance in foodborne pathogens, with emphasis on:

  1. Characterization of foodborne pathogens tolerant to stressors in food production and processing;
  2. Elucidation of molecular mechanisms for stress tolerance in foodborne pathogens;
  3. Understanding the prevalence of stress-tolerant pathogens in food;
  4. Development of intervention measures to control stress-tolerant foodborne pathogens.

We look forward to the participation of many researchers with expertise in this area to collaboratively build a good body of knowledge to improve food safety and public health associated with stress-tolerant foodborne pathogens.


Dr. Byeonghwa Jeon
Guest Editor

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  • foodborne pathogens
  • stress tolerance
  • tolerance mechanisms
  • food safety
  • foodborne infection
  • preventive measures

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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