Genomic sequencing initiatives from around the world have resulted in the complete sequencing of a large number of food- and waterborne pathogens, including most of the bacterial agents associated with significant disease in human populations. In this contributed work, the authors review these genome sequencing initiatives, explaining how they continue to build our understanding of the ecology, adaptation, and evolution of individual pathogens. In addition, the authors explain how our growing understanding of pathogen genomics has the potential to help ensure the safety of global food and water supplies.
Each chapter focuses on a specific food- or waterborne pathogen that represents a major public health threat. Moreover, each chapter has been written by one or more authors who have made major contributions to the genomic discovery of the particular pathogen. These authors explore all the findings, potential applications, and new questions that have arisen from genomic discovery efforts. They also examine how global trends such as climate change, growing human populations, and increasing levels of pollution are stressing the ecosystems that food- and waterborne pathogens encounter, forcing them to adapt.
Genomes of Foodborne and Waterborne Pathogens not only presents the latest findings from genome sequencing studies: it also translates this information into both scientific and public health opportunities. It is therefore recommended not only for microbiology and genomics researchers but also for public health officials, regulators, food scientists, and other professionals tasked with protecting our food and water supplies from dangerous pathogens.
·Explores how the growing body of genomic information may help control food- and waterborne pathogens
·Supports the development of improved tools to track sources of food contamination and human infection
·Explains the emergence and evolution of pathogens, including the diversity that exists within species populations
·Shows how our knowledge of pathogen genomics improves our understanding of how pathogens cause disease
·Examines how pathogens adapt to stress and changes in the environment
Hardcover, 380 pages, full-color insert, illustrations, index.