The Evaluation of Biofilm Formation, Virulence Factors, and Antibiotic Resistance of Food-Associated Microorganisms

A special issue of Foods (ISSN 2304-8158). This special issue belongs to the section "Food Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 September 2024 | Viewed by 95

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School of Food Science and Technology, National Engineering Research Center of Seafood, Dalian Polytechnic University, Dalian 116304, China
Interests: foodborne pathogens; biofilm; stress resistance; pathogenicity; natural antimicrobials; food preservation; microbiota; functional foods
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College of Food Science and Engineering, Northwest A&F University, Shaanxi 712100, China
Interests: Staphylococcus aureus; toxins; detection; biofilms; stress response; pathogenicity
School of Food Science and Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510640, China
Interests: biofilm; foodborne microorganisms; antimicrobial resistance; pathogenicity and virulence; stress response; quorum sensing; polymicrobial interaction
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Foods could be contaminated with various microbes at the different stages of food systems, ranging from production, processing, storage, transportation, and consumption. Although numerous strategies have been developed to inactivate unwanted microbes or retard their growth, food spoilage or foodborne illnesses caused by those food-associated microbes occur everyday in the world and pose significant threat to food industry and human health. Microbes commonly encounter different stresses in foods or food-associated environments, and one of the successful tactics they utilize to survive these harsh conditions is to form biofilms, which substantially enhance their resistance to stress induced by processing or other factors. Microbial pathogens vary in their capacity to cause infections, and only those containing key virulence factors could lead to disease after being ingested with foods. Moreover, the presence of antibiotic resistance genes in foodborne pathogens or probiotics is a persisting concern in the food industry and also constitutes an important route for the dissemination of resistance genes. In this Special Issue of Foods, we are encouraging the submission of manuscripts exploring biofilm formation, virulence, and antibiotic resistance of food-associated microbes, which include but are not limited to spoilage microorganisms, foodborne pathogens, and probiotics. This Special Issue welcomes all original research and review articles that focus on the biofilm formation, virulence factors, antibiotic resistance, or other related properties of various microorganisms associated with foods.

Prof. Dr. Xiaodong Xia
Prof. Dr. Xin Wang
Dr. Zhenbo Xu
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  • foodborne pathogens
  • spoilage microorganisms
  • biofilm
  • virulence factors
  • antibiotic resistance

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