Special Issue "How Far Are We from Predicting the Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance?"

A special issue of Antibiotics (ISSN 2079-6382). This special issue belongs to the section "Mechanism and Evolution of Antibiotic Resistance".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Dominique Schneider
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Guest Editor
Laboratoire TIMC-IMAG, French National Center for Scientific Research, Université Grenoble Alpes, Institute Jean Roget, Grenoble, France
Interests: experimental evolution; microbial genomics; microbial genetics; regulation of gene expression; microbiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Far from being a science of the past, microbial evolution is continuously impacting human health through the emergence of microbial drug resistance, new viral strains, and invasive species, as well as affecting biotechnological and industrial processes.

Currently, we are only able to monitor evolutionary changes after their occurrence. Improving the prediction of microbial evolution is essential for fighting diseases and pests, anticipating environmental changes, and avoiding the emergence of antibiotic resistance. Predictability is a long-standing dream of evolutionary biologists, and has now become an essential topic in medicine, including in the context of antibiotic resistance emergence.

The prediction of evolution is difficult, firstly, because it relies on random events and secondly, because of the high dimensionality of genomes and the multitude of interactions between genes, proteins, metabolites, and environmental factors, including resources. However, recent progress, based for instance on experimental evolution, genomics and modelling approaches, has been achieved in the potential prediction of the emergence of antibiotic resistance and the discovery of new molecules.

The Special Issue of Antibiotics aims to collect research or review papers which are relevant to the topic we mentioned above.

Dr. Dominique Schneider
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Antibiotics is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • antibiotic resistance
  • experimental evolution
  • prediction of evolution
  • modelling
  • fitness cost
  • genomics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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