Special Issue "Bacteriophages in Food Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 12480
Interests: food safety; food borne microorganisms detection; bioluminescence; bacteriophage; microbial physiology; microbial food ecology
Recent years have witnessed disturbing numbers of food recalls and foodborne outbreaks associated with an increased prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens worldwide. Hence, there is an ongoing interest in developing novel approaches to be implemented with or to replace the existing protocols to control foodborne pathogens. In this context, the use of bacteriophages (phages) is considered a promising green technology to enhance food safety and quality. The specificity of the interactions of phages with their host cells can be exploited to detect and control various foodborne pathogenic and spoilage bacteria without affecting the viability of the other microorganisms in the habitat.
Furthermore, phage applications as sanitizing agents to degrade biofilm in food processing environments have been explored by various research groups. The application of whole phage particles or their encoded enzymes such as depolymerases and endolysin and their engineered derivatives can be envisioned throughout the food production and processing chain. In addition to spraying and dipping approaches, phage immobilization represents an innovative delivery approach to broaden phage application. Phage-based biosensors can also be used as rapid, sensitive, and specific diagnostic tools for the food industry to mitigate the risk of contaminated food products. The food phageome has emerged as a novel research area that is filling the knowledge gap of phage ecology and host interactions in food production and processing environments. This information is helping us to understand how foodborne pathogens proliferate and spread in these environments.
For this Special Issue, we invite authors to submit original and unpublished research papers and critical review articles covering different research topics related to phage applications to enhance food safety and quality. This may include phage-based biocontrol solutions, phage-based biosensors, phage–host interactions and ecology in food production and processing environments, use of phage-derived products to control and detect foodborne pathogens, and phage delivery.
Prof. Mansel Griffiths
Dr. Hany Anany
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- food safety
- foodbone bacterial pathogens