Special Issue "Genetics and Genomics of Foodborne Pathogens"

A special issue of Genes (ISSN 2073-4425). This special issue belongs to the section "Microbial Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Kieran Jordan

Food Safety Department, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland
Interests: Occurrence and persistence of foodborne pathogens, Listeria monocytogenes, pathogenic E. coli, whole genome sequencing, control of pathogens
Guest Editor
Dr. Avelino Alvarez-Ordonez

Department of Food Hygiene and Technology and Institute of Food Science and Technology, University of León, León, Spain
Interests: Microbial stress responses, antimicrobial resistance, occurrence and persistence of foodborne pathogens, biofilms, biocontrol, metagenomics
Guest Editor
Dr. Olivia McAuliffe

Food Biosciences Department, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland
Interests: Whole genome sequencing of foodborne pathogens and their bacteriophages, biocontrol and detection of foodborne pathogens with bacteriophages

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Foodborne pathogens are a public health threat and their control is a challenge to the food industry. The occurrence and transcription of genes, which encode specialised functions, plays a vital role in survival of pathogens, growth under harsh conditions and in food, their ability to produce toxins and in virulence, pathogenicity and antimicrobial resistance. Controlling the expression of such genes can result in limiting the ability of pathogens to cause disease. Whole genome sequencing technologies are revolutionising epidemiology of foodborne pathogens and tracing of foodborne pathogens in food and the food processing environment. An increasing amount of information on genes, genomes and transcriptomes of foodborne pathogens is becoming available, which will lead to a greater understanding of survival and virulence of pathogens.

This Special Issue welcomes submissions on issues relating to the genetics and genomics of foodborne pathogens, including on topics such as persistence, virulence, gene detection, whole genome sequencing, transcriptomics, and characterisation of genes involved in toxin production, antimicrobial resistance and virulence, among others.

All contributions to this Special Issue must be in line with the scope of the journal. Manuscripts discovered, during any stage of peer review process, to be outside of the scope may be transferred to a suitable section or field, or withdrawn from review.

Dr. Kieran Jordan
Dr. Olivia McAuliffe
Dr. Avelino Alvarez-Ordonez
Guest Editors

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. Genes 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 1200 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.


  • Bacterial virulence
  • Pathogenicity
  • Whole genome sequencing
  • Transcriptomics
  • Toxin production
  • Antimicrobial resistance

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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