Special Issue "Antimicrobial Resistance: From Farm to Fork"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.
Foodborne diseases are a public health concern aggravated by the global phenomenon and major threat that is antimicrobial resistance (AMR). The high prevalence of AMR in the food chain has been attributed to various factors, such as the overuse or misuse of antimicrobials to fight infections in animals and plants, but also in humans. Additionally, the routine use of antibiotics as growth promotors and for preventing disease in healthy animals is likewise undermining the efficacy of these molecules. AMR is in fact widespread along the animal–human–environment interface, where the role of the food chain is highlighted. AMR can be associated with acquired resistance by horizontal gene transfer and mutation, or even with a response to environmental and physiological changes (persisters, biofilms or others). These environments can act as reservoirs of AMR genes, which could be acquired by pathogens, food-related beneficial microorganisms or others. In fact, the food chain can be recognized as a large source of antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms, which may easily disperse at each stage of food production.
The potential transmission of AMR via the food chain is a food safety concern, and more information is needed to efficiently reduce and prevent it from farm to fork.
Authors are invited to submit articles covering AMR throughout the food chain, its mechanisms, drivers, spread, and new approaches to study, control, and overcome it. Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:
- AMR surveillance in the food chain;
- Hotspots and routes of transmission of AMR across the food chain;
- Contribution of the food chain to global burden of infections by antimicrobial resistant microorganisms;
- Mechanisms leading to AMR in the food chain;
- Potential of omics technology for food microbial communities’ analysis and its application in surveillance;
- Non-antibiotic resistance and cross-resistance in the food chain;
- Prevention of emergence and dissemination of antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms through the food chain.
Dr. Susana Ferreira
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- Food chain
- Antimicrobial resistance
- Emergence and dissemination
- Antimicrobial resistance mechanisms