Genomics in Food Safety - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128013724

Genomics in Food Safety

1st Edition

Editors: Bart Weimer
Paperback ISBN: 9780128013724
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st September 2020
Page Count: 248
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Table of Contents

1. Food safety in the genomics era
2. The value of NGS in food safety surveillance
3. NGS in Foodborne outbreaks
4. NGS in public health associated with food
5. Traceability of food
6. Associated pathogens in food animals using NGS
7. Work flow for rapid detection using NGS; 8.Surveillance & NGS
9. Salmonella
10. Campylobacter
11. E.coli
12. Listeria
13. Cronobacter
14. Epigenetics in food associated pathogens
15. Pathogen diagnostics using NGS
16. Antibiotic resistance in food and NGS
17. Viruses in food systems
18. Food associated viruses in public health
19. Food Regulation in the genomics era
20. Emerging applications of genomics in food safety


Genomics in Food Safety, written by leading experts in the field, is a vital resource in understanding the impact of genomics on food safety. This volume defines the role of next generation sequencing (NGS), from the perspective of food science, genome sequencing technologies, and applications to provide a context for the power of genomics in food borne illnesses and outbreak detection and analysis. Topics covered include pathogen diagnostics, antibiotic resistance, traceability, rapid detection methods using NGS, regulation, surveillance, and the most current issues and technologies in research today.

Key Features

  • Presents current and future perspectives in the highly emerging field of genomics and food safety, with coverage of emerging topics, such as epigenetics and traceability
  • Ideal for studies relating to microbial genomics, foodborne illness, foodborne pathogens, disease outbreak, and viral bioinformatics
  • Provides solid coverage of microbial sequencing and disease outbreak detection and analysis
  • Covers pathogen diagnostics, antibiotic resistance, traceability, rapid detection methods using NGS, regulation and surveillance, and more


Food safety professionals, public health research professionals, international food safety government officers industrial food safety managers, veterinarians at the intersection of food safety and zoonotic disease


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About the Editors

Bart Weimer Editor

Dr. Weimer's laboratory group focuses on microbial physiology and function. Research on host/microbe interactions has led to the elucidation of the competitive binding of beneficial bacteria to the gut epithelium and the resulting displacement of pathogenic bacteria such as salmonella. Using genomics and functional genomics — gene expression, metabolomics, proteomics, and metagenomics — Dr. Weimer's program examines the mechanisms of gene interplay to produce a specific phenotype and the metabolism involved in the process. The interplay between the host, the microbe, and the interdependent response is a key question for his program. The primary thrust of his program is the systems biology of biological processes important for bacterial growth, survival, and persistence. Recent work has focused on the specifics of bacterial adhesion in the gut. By using the Caco 2 cell model, Dr. Weimer has explored the binding of specific bacterial strains, the competitive binding of beneficial and pathogenic bacteria, the discovery of the molecular mechanisms of adhesion, and the cellular signaling that takes place when bacteria adhere to the intestinal wall. In addition, the group has investigated the adhesion and competitive binding of bacteria grown on human milk oligosaccharides compared with lactose. The findings of this research will pave the way toward understanding the underlying mechanisms of the benefits of “good bacteria” and how they modulate host immunity.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty Coordinator - Technology Management and Corporate Relations, University of California, Davis, CA, USA