Special Issue "Foodborne Intoxications and Toxicoinfections—Major Pathogens and Challenges"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.
Interests: Food safety and hygiene; foodborne pathogens; microbial toxins; microbiology; microbial source tracking; novel diagnostic platforms
Interests: Food Microbiology and Safety
Interests: food microbiology; microbial toxins; gene regulation
Microbial organisms producing toxins encountered in food are a major threat to human health and lead to substantial economic losses. While toxins produced by organisms such as Staphylococcus, Bacillus and Clostridium have been the focus of scientific research for decades, major questions remain unanswered. For instance, the regulation of staphylococcal enterotoxins and the role of newly described staphylococcal enterotoxins is still poorly understood. In addition, major advances in whole genome sequencing have led to paradigm shifts and have amongst others initiated a collapse of traditional taxonomy-driven risk assessment in the Bacillus cereus group. Long-standing perceptions of the risk related to certain species have been questioned. While e.g. Bacillus thuringiensis and Clostridium difficile have been discussed as potential causative organisms in outbreaks, species traditionally exclusively associated with high toxicity such as Bacillus cytotoxicus have been shown to exhibit strong strain-specific variation in toxin production. Also, the food matrix itself has a strong impact on the formation and stability of toxins. The lack of accurate and robust high-throughput detection and characterization methods as well as the broad variety of food matrices has limited the data available to date – a situation that is further exacerbated by wide-spread underreporting.
The purpose of this Special Issue is to publish both original research and review articles allowing for an overview of the state of the art in this field.
Dr. Sophia Johler
Dr. Alexandra Fetsch
Dr. Danai Etter
Manuscript Submission Information
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- regulation of toxin formation
- outbreak investigation
- risk assessment
- food matrix
- detection methods