About this Research Topic
A question raised by many individuals today – “How Safe is Our Food Consumed Today?” Food safety has become a hot topic and an important public issue due to the increasing widespread of foodborne illnesses in both developed and developing countries. As food is biological in nature and supplies consumers with nutrients, it is also equally capable of supporting the growth of microorganisms from the environmental sources. A precise monitoring and detection of foodborne pathogens including Salmonella sp., Vibrio sp., Listeria monocytogenes, Campylobacter and Norovirus are needed to prevent and control human foodborne infections. Clinical treatment of infection caused by foodborne pathogens are becoming tougher with the increase number of multidrug resistant pathogens in the environment. This situation creates a huge healthcare burden – e.g. prolonged treatment for infections, decrease in the efficacy of antibiotic, delay in treatment due to in-availability of new antibiotics, and increase number of deaths. As such, continuous investigation of the foodborne pathogens is needed to pave deeper understanding on the foodborne diseases and improve the disease prevention, management and treatments.
This research topic will focus on studies (including e.g. original articles, perspectives, reviews, mini reviews, commentaries, opinion papers, data reports) that study and explore:
1. The diversity and prevalence of foodborne pathogens
2. The understanding on the virulence and pathogenicity of foodborne pathogens
3. Current advancement in the molecular detection method of foodborne pathogens
4. Genomic and proteomic characterization of pathogens that provides a rich set of data illuminating the metabolic versatility of the pathogens
5. Combating and management of multidrug resistant foodborne pathogens by non-antibiotic approach such bacteriophages, probiotics and use of natural products e.g. curcumin.
In summary, the proposed Research Topic on foodborne pathogens aims to report the latest progress in understanding and management of foodborne pathogens. We welcome any article reviewing the current aspect on foodborne pathogens and it is not limited on what we suggested and listed in the abstract.
Keywords: Food safety, Foodborne pathogen, multidrug resistance, Vibrio, Salmonella, Listeria, Campylobacter, Detection method
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