The Diverse Faces of Bacillus Cereus - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128014745, 9780128016930

The Diverse Faces of Bacillus Cereus

1st Edition

Editors: Vincenzo Savini
eBook ISBN: 9780128016930
Hardcover ISBN: 9780128014745
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st January 2016
Page Count: 170
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The Diverse Faces of Bacillus cereus elucidates all characteristics of this microorganism, from its environmental and ecologic relevance, to its veterinary involvement, its clinical settings, most common B. cereus associated food poisoning episodes, and the newest airway disease pictures mimicking the inhalation of anthrax.

Due to its environmental distribution, B. cereus may cause serious, even fatal human diseases. The organism shows many diverse faces, as it is not only a veterinary pathogen, but also used as a biocontrol agent to control vegetable decay due to its natural antimicrobial properties.

Once considered as a mere colonizer or contaminant, Bacillus cereus is nowadays acquiring increasing importance as an agent of nosocomial infections. The book's target audience is familiar with this opportunistic pathogen and will benefit from this clear compendium on the classical and molecular techniques and procedures that may be adopted or followed to correctly identify this intriguing multi-faceted microorganism.

Key Features

  • Presents an update on the current aspects of Bacillus Cereus
  • Elucidates all aspects of and provides a concise compendium on the recent literature of Bacillus Cereus
  • Gives an overview of the patents proposing its use as a natural pesticide


researchers, students and postdocs studying microbiology, bacteriology, infectious diseases, veterinary science as well as agronomy and agriculture and food science

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Chapter 1. Microbiology of Bacillus cereus
    • Summary
    • Background
    • Ecology
    • Phenotype
    • Antibiotic Resistance
    • Concluding Considerations
  • Chapter 2. Bacillus cereus Group Diagnostics: Chromogenic Media and Molecular Tools
    • Introduction
    • Culture and Chromogenic Media
    • Molecular Diagnostic Tools
    • The Future of Diagnostics
    • Conclusions
  • Chapter 3. Bacillus cereus Hemolysins and Other Virulence Factors
    • Summary
    • Bacillus cereus Virulence Factors
  • Chapter 4. Bacillus cereus Mechanisms of Resistance to Food Processing
    • Summary
    • Introduction
    • Bacillus cereus and Challenges for the Food Industry
    • Bacillus cereus and Its Endospores
    • Nonthermal Processing Technologies for Bacillus cereus Spores
    • Use of Hurdle Technology to Reduce the Number of Spores in Foods
    • Conclusions
  • Chapter 5. Bacillus cereus Food-Borne Disease
    • Summary
    • Background
    • Food Contamination
    • Food-Borne Infection
    • Toxins
    • Differential Diagnostics
  • Chapter 6. Bacillus cereus Pneumonia
    • Summary
    • Background
    • Pathology
    • Pathogenicity
    • Antibiotics
    • Final Remarks
  • Chapter 7. Bacillus cereus Disease in Children
    • Summary
    • Introduction
    • Bacillus cereus in Healthy Children
    • Bacillus cereus in Oncologic Children
    • Bacillus cereus Peritonitis in Children on Chronic Peritoneal Dialysis
    • Concluding Thoughts
  • Chapter 8. Bacillus cereus Disease Other Than Food-Borne Poisoning
    • Summary
    • Nosocomial Infections
    • Ocular Infection
    • Central Nervous System Infections
    • Wound and Cutaneous Infections
    • Endocarditis
    • Bone Infection
    • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Chapter 9. Bacillus cereus Disease in Animals
    • Summary
    • Bovines
    • Goats
    • Veterinary Anthrax
  • Chapter 10. Bacillus cereus Biocontrol Properties
    • Summary
    • Biocontrol in Bacillus cereus
    • Biocontrol in Organisms Other Than Bacillus
    • Concluding Remarks
  • Chapter 11. Bacillus Species Outside the Bacillus cereus Group
    • Summary
    • Enterotoxins
    • Emetic Toxins
    • Foods
    • Bacillus licheniformis
  • Chapter 12. Bacillus thuringiensis Insecticide Properties
    • Summary
    • Background
    • Cry Toxins versus Lepidopteran, Dipteran, and Coleopteran Insects
    • Cry Toxins as Bioinsecticides
    • Resistance to Cry Toxins
    • Dengue
    • Thuringiensin
    • Future Perspectives
  • Index


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About the Editor

Vincenzo Savini

Vincenzo Savini

Doctor Clinical Microbiology and Virology, Spirito Santo Hospital, Pescara, Italy

Member of Journal editorial board, Recent Patents on Anti-Infective Drug Discovery

Contributing member of American Society for Microbiology

Affiliations and Expertise

Microbiology and Virology, Spirito Santo Hospital, Pescara, Italy

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