Beneficial Microbiomes in Agriculture and Human Health: The Food Connection 2.0

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 February 2024) | Viewed by 136

Special Issue Editor

Territorial and Production Systems Sustainability Department, ENEA, Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, Casaccia Research Center, 00123 Rome, Italy
Interests: food-associated bacteria; microbial ecology; soil microorganisms; plant-growth-promoting bacteria; bacterial-host interaction; plant-microbe interactions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue is a continuation of our previous Special Issue "Beneficial Microbiomes in Agriculture and Human Health: the Food Connection".

Many studies support the role of beneficial microbiomes for improving agri-food production and human health. Only during the last decade have we begun to gain insights into the composition and function of microbiomes as a consequence of major advances in high-throughput DNA sequencing (HTS) technologies. Microbiomes occupy a central position in the “One Health” framework. They can colonize almost all biological niches, including plants and humans, providing benefits to the planet as a whole and everything that lives on and in it. Plant-associated bacteria can be found on leaves, roots, or in the internal tissues, while human-associated bacteria can reside on or within humans. The application of beneficial microbes in agriculture can contribute to providing healthy food in a sustainable manner by reducing the amount of fertilizer, pesticides, and herbicides. Given the food link, microbes from a vegetable diet can also have direct and indirect effects on human health.

In this Special Issue, we kindly invite the research community to submit original research papers and reviews that provide the latest insights into the structure and dynamics of the core microbiomes across the food system (from soil to plants, and from foods to humans) and to better investigate how we can use or manipulate microbiomes for achieving enhanced crop production and/or improving human health.

Prof. Dr. Annamaria Bevivino
Guest Editor

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  • plant growth-promoting microorganisms
  • probiotics
  • sustainable agriculture
  • food system
  • plant-food microbiome
  • gut microbiome
  • host-microbe interaction
  • human health
  • dysbiosis
  • heathy diet

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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