Journal of Applied Microbiology


We would like to encourage your group to consider submitting an original paper or a review article for a Special Issue focused on One-Health meets Omics: the way forward to investigate zoonosis.

Zoonoses are diseases or infections that can be transmitted from animals to humans and vice versa. Overall, they represent up to 60% of infectious diseases and cause tremendous economic losses each year. Several factors, such as the increasing human population growth, intensive farming and agricultural practices, international travel, and deforestation, are known to contribute to the emergence of zoonotic pathogens, some of which can also carry antimicrobial resistance genes and cause serious public health concerns. These microorganisms can cross the interspecies barrier, and the level of infection can consequently overwhelm the public healthcare systems. This is where the One health concept comes into play highlighting the importance of understanding health from a multisectoral perspective, integrating the human health, animal health but also the ecosystem health component. Although this concept is not new, it has been only in the last decade and, in particular after the emergence of SARS-CoV-19, that the initiative One Health has gained greater momentum. Moreover, to deploy One Health approaches and prevent future pandemics, the engagement and collaboration between professionals from many disciplines including medicine, economics and sociology sectors is of utmost importance. Equally relevant is the availability of techniques with sufficient sensitivity and specify. Recently, approaches based on genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics have revolutionized infectious diseases research and substituted previous gold-standard techniques based on Polymerase Chain Reaction or Pulsed-field Gel Electrophoresis. However, the combination of these techniques under the One Health umbrella for surveillance of zoonoses is still scarce, and there are only few studies evaluating the risks caused by both pathogen emergence and environmental shifts.

This Special Issue will aim at combining One Health approaches with OMIC techniques such as whole genome sequencing, shotgun metagenomics, amplicon sequencing or transcriptomics. It will attempt to deal (but is not limited to) with the following questions 1) understand the drivers that may be associated to the spread and emergence of zoonotic pathogens 2) outbreak investigation and surveillance of zoonosis 3) development of new diagnostic assays

The target submission date is 30th July, 2021 with a publication date in early 2022.

Each individual article of the special issue will be published online as soon as it is accepted.

All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed, following standard practices of “JAM”.

Please submit your manuscript directly at the “Journal of Applied Microbiology (JAM)”. Please state in your cover letter that the submission is intended for this Special Issue.


Guest Editor

Dr. Adriana Cabal Rosel

Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety, Institute for Medical microbiology and Hygiene, 1096, Vienna, Austria

Guest Editor

Prof. Dr Aleksandra Martinovic

University of Donja Gorica, Center of Excellence for Food Safety Risk Assessment-FoodHub

Faculty of Food Technology, Food Safety and Ecology
81 000 Podgorica, Montenegro