Understanding microbial pathogens:

current knowledge and educational ideas on antimicrobial research

Microbiology Book Series #7 - Home

This series is committed to giving an overview of the state of the art, as well as upcoming trends, and to promoting discussion about scientific, technological and educational aspects of anti-microbial strategies.

"Anti" is here taken in the broadest sense as "against cell cycle, adhesion, or communication", when harmful for the human health, industry or economy (infectious diseases, chemotherapy, food, biomedicine, agriculture, livestock, biotechnology, water systems...). It will also cover topics on antimicrobial resistance, (early) microbial and resistance detection, enhancement of innate defenses against pathogens, as well as methods and techniques.

The book will be composed of chapters written by active researchers using original research materials, but presented in a way accessible to a public beyond those ones who are specialists in the topic dealt.
It is the main goal of this approach to take full pedagogical advantage of many research materials that researchers manage around the world but which are outside the scope of more specialized scholarly publications.

This call for papers is aimed to all those researchers who are active in any of the following themes:

  • Antimicrobial natural products I - Peptides
  • Antimicrobial natural products II - Terrestrial and marine organisms
  • Bacteriophages
  • Biocontrol. Biosynthesis of antimicrobials
  • Biofilms
  • Antimicrobial materials science and surface chemistry. Antimicrobials in consumer products
  • Antimicrobial chemistry
  • Non-antibiotic biocides
  • Antimicrobial physics
  • Clinical and medical microbiology, infectious diseases and antimicrobials. Public health
  • Strengthening of innate immune system as antimicrobial strategy
  • Antimicrobial resistance. Mechanisms of action of antimicrobial agents
  • Attenuation of virulence as antimicrobial strategy
  • Techniques and Methods
  • Formal and non-formal education on the above topics

Please, take some time to read the proposed list of topics for this book.

Education-oriented original research papers and mini-reviews are especially welcome, although more "regular" research papers might also be suitable if the addressed topic is clearly exposed for non-specialists. Mini-reviews can be thematic in nature, or focused on the activity of a specific research group. In this latter case, the work should provide an integrated view of the research carried out by that group across the years.

If you are interested in submitting a chapter proposal, please read the Instructions for authors section.

Abstract submission deadline: 30 May 2018
Chapter submission deadline: 16 October 2018

  • Book title: Understanding microbial pathogens: current knowledge and educational ideas on antimicrobial research
  • Editor: A. Méndez-Vilas
  • Publisher: Formatex Research Center
  • Publication date: January 2019

Most cited chapters of the previous editions:


Third generation biofuels from microalgae
Giuliano Dragone, Bruno Fernandes, António A. Vicente and José A. Teixeira Cited 222 times

Nanoparticles and their potential application as antimicrobials
Ravishankar Rai V and Jamuna Bai A Cited 178 times

Fungal laccase—a versatile enzyme for biotechnological applications
Adinarayana Kunamneni, Antonio Ballesteros, Francisco J. Plou and Miguel Alcalde Cited 143 times

Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy: a rapid tool for detection and analysis of foodborne pathogenic bacteria
R. Davis and L.J. Mauer Cited 132 times

Lignocellulose as raw material in fermentation processes
S.I. Mussatto and J.A. Teixeir Cited 125 times

Indian nutraceutical plant leaves as a potential source of natural antimicrobial agents
Sumitra Chanda and Mital Kaneria Cited 102 times

Endophytic fungi for producing bioactive compounds originally from their host plants
J. Zhao, L. Zhou, J. Wang, T. Shan, L. Zhong, X. Liu, and X. Gao Cited 98 times

Antimicrobial activity of secondary metabolites and lectins from plants
P.M.G. Paiva, F.S. Gomes, T.H. Napoleão, R.A. Sá, M.T.S. Correia and L.C.B.B. Coelho Cited 89 times

Pathogenesis related (PR) proteins in plant defense mechanism
Saboki Ebrahim, K.Usha and Bhupinder Singh Cited 85 times

Antifungal free fatty acids: A Review
Carolina H. Pohl, Johan L.F. Kock and Vuyisile S. Thibane Cited 84 times

Biopreservation, an ecological approach to improve the safety and shelf-life of foods
S. Ananou, M. Maqueda, M. Martínez-Bueno and E. Valdivia Cited 79 times

Bacterially Produced Polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA): Converting Renewable Resources into Bioplastics
Jiun-Yee Chee, Sugama-Salim Yoga, Nyok-Sean Lau, Siew-Chen Ling, Raeid M. M. Abed and Kumar Sudesh Cited 79 times

Yarrowia lipolytica: an industrial workhorse
M.A.Z. Coelho, P.F.F. Amaral and I. Belo Cited 72 times

Biosynthesis, biodegradation, and application of poly(3- hydroxybutyrate) and its copolymers - natural polyesters produced by diazotrophic bacteria
A.P. Bonartsev, V.L. Myshkina, D.A. Nikolaeva, E.K. Furina, T.A. Makhina, V.A. Livshits, A.P. Boskhomdzhiev, E.A. Ivanov, A.L., Iordanskii and G.A. Bonartseva Cited 66 times

Bacterial extracellular enzymatic activity in globally changing aquatic ecosystems
A. Cunha, A. Almeida, F.J.R.C. Coelho, N. C. M. Gomes, V. Oliveira, and A. L. Santos Cited 66 times

The mode of antibacterial action of essential oils
M. L. Faleiro Cited 64 times

Advantages of traditional lactic acid bacteria fermentation of food in Africa
PK Chelule, MP Mokoena and N Gqaleni Cited 62 times

On the life of Ralstonia solanacearum, a destructive bacterial plant pathogen
Belén Álvarez, Elena G. Biosca, and María M. López Cited 62 times

Biosurfactant Production from olive oil by Pseudomonas fluorescens
M. Abouseoud, R. Maachi and A. Amrane Cited 58 times