Special Issue "Antimicrobial Activity of Essential Oils and Hydrolates"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Antimicrobial Agents and Resistance".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Francesca Bugli
Guest Editor
Dipartimento di Scienze biotecnologiche di base, cliniche intensivologiche e perioperatorie, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Largo A. Gemelli 8, 00168 Rome, Italy
Interests: antimicrobial activity of natural substances; microbiology and clinical microbiology
Dr. Maura Di Vito
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
1. Dip. di Scienze e Tecnologie Agro-Alimentari (DISTAL) - University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy
2. Istituto di Microbiologia, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore Rome, Italy
3. Dip. di Scienze di Laboratorio e Infettivologiche, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, Rome, Italy
Interests: essential oils; microbiology; human physio-pathology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Antimicrobial resistance is known to be one of the most complex global health challenges today. As reported by the WHO, it is very important to find new candidates for the development of future effective anti-infective therapies. Essential oils (EO) and hydrolates (Hys) are, of all natural substances, the best candidates to draw on to combat antibiotic resistance and are therefore considered of great interest nowadays in both scientific and pharmaceutical research. Today, despite the significant scientific evidence of the efficacy of EOs, in the field of infectious diseases, their use alone or in synergy with conventional medicine is hindered. In fact, there is still the absence of large-scale efficacy studies to obtain evidence, both in vitro, with standardized, rapid and easy-to-perform methods as diagnostic tests that can be used to start more targeted pharmacological experiments, and in vivo, with randomized clinical trials. Therefore, the main objective of this Special Issue of Microorganisms is to select, in vivo or in vitro, articles on the antimicrobial efficacy of EOs and Hys potentially active in the fight against bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites potentially dangerous for human, animal and plant health. Articles developed in other contexts (example: food production, protection of cultural heritage or sanitation of confined environments) will also be welcome, provided that they are aimed at evaluating the anti-microbial action of OEs and/or Hys, and to standardize models of diffusion of OEs in relevant confined environments.

Dr. Francesca Bugli
Dr. Maura Di Vito
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • essential oils
  • hydrolates
  • human heath
  • veterinary
  • phytopathology
  • cultural heritage

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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