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Fruit and Vegetable microbiomes and their important interactions for global food production

from pixabay -Jasmine Lin  © from pixabay -Jasmine LinThe UN General Assembly has selected 2021 as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV), emphasizing the important roles that foods play in nutrition, health, and sustainability.

The availability and quality of fruit and vegetables is impacted by interactions with microbes throughout their life cycle. From their early development stages; through propagation and growth; food processing procedures- such as fermentation; potential food spoilage; to finally when they end up on our plates; and even afterwards in our guts and during digestion, fruit and vegetables are massively altered by their interactions with microorganisms. 

Whether these microbial lifeforms help produce food or blight, there is no denying the impact they play. This collection of articles and reviews examine the close relationship between fresh produce and their associated microbial communities.

We invite research and review papers in this new cross-journal collection. Submissions are welcomed to either Environmental Microbiome or Annals of Microbiology.

This collection will be open for submissions until 31st December 2022. We look forward to receiving your submissions. Please contact for pre-submission enquiries.

  1. Cucumber fermentation is traditionally done using lactic acid bacteria. The involvement of probiotic cultures in food fermentation guarantees enhanced organoleptic properties and protects food from spoilage.

    Authors: Sadia Ahmed, Fatima Ashraf, Muhammad Tariq and Arsalan Zaidi

    Citation: Annals of Microbiology 2021 71:33

    Content type: Original Article

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  2. Fermented soybean foods (FSF) is popularly consumed in the South-East Asian countries. Bacillus species, a predominant microorganism present in these foods, have demonstrated beneficial and deleterious impacts on...

    Authors: Trishala Gopikrishna, Harini Keerthana Suresh Kumar, Kumar Perumal and Elavarashi Elangovan

    Citation: Annals of Microbiology 2021 71:30

    Content type: Review Article

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  3. Bacillus subtilis strains have been widely studied for their numerous benefits in agriculture, including viticulture. Providing several assets, B. subtilis spp. are described as promising plant-protectors against...

    Authors: Catarina Leal, Florence Fontaine, Aziz Aziz, Conceiçao Egas, Christophe Clément and Patricia Trotel-Aziz

    Citation: Environmental Microbiome 2021 16:3

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Stable soil aggregates are essential for optimal crop growth and preventing soil erosion. However, tillage is often used in agriculture to loosen the soil, which disrupts the integrity of these aggregates. Soi...

    Authors: Barbara Cania, Gisle Vestergaard, Maike Krauss, Andreas Fliessbach, Michael Schloter and Stefanie Schulz

    Citation: Environmental Microbiome 2019 14:1

    Content type: Research article

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