Potential Applications of Bacteriophages in Livestock and Poultry Production in the Post-antibiotic Era
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2024) | Viewed by 3836
Interests: bacteriophage; virome; metagenomics; rumen microbes; alternatives for antibiotics; phage therapy; ruminants
Bacteriophages, which specifically target and infect bacteria, are important components in the gut ecosystems of livestock. Gut microbes, including bacteria, archaea, protozoa, and fungi, have been vastly investigated, whereas gut bacteriophages have mostly been under-investigated. However, bacteriophages have been gaining more attention due to their biotechnological potential and possible effects on animal health and production, especially their potential to treat diseases caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria. Antibiotics, which have been widely used as growth promoters in livestock and poultry farming practices, are now under increased scrutiny because of the increasing risk of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens and potential antibiotic residue accumulation in animal products. Bacteriophages have many advantages over conventional and newly developed antibiotic alternatives, including specificity, safety, effectiveness against multidrug-resistant bacteria, easy genetic modification, and their ability to limit the rise in antibiotic resistance. Therefore, bacteriophages have great application potential in improving growth efficiency and food safety in livestock and poultry production in the post-antibiotic era.
This Special Issue aims to create a collection of scientific reports that help us to understand the potential application of bacteriophages in livestock and poultry production in the post-antibiotic era.
We invite original articles and extensive reviews in the areas of the gut bacteriophage diversity and function analysis of farm animals, bacteriophage isolation and characterization, bacteriophage-based therapeutic manipulations, bacteriophages as alternatives to antibiotics in promoting growth in farm animals, bacteriophages in farm environment purification, and bacteriophage utilization in the food safety of animal products.
We look forward to receiving your contributions.
Dr. Tao Ran
Dr. Yan Lin
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- gut virome
- phage isolation
- phage therapy
- alternatives to antibiotics
- farm animals