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Research Project: Molecular Analysis of Foodborne Pathogen Responses to Stressors

Location: Characterization and Interventions for Foodborne Pathogens

Title: Editorial: Plasmid transfer- mechanisms, ecology, evolution and applications

item Chen, Chinyi
item FUQUA, CLAY - Indiana University
item Jackson, Charlene
item KADLEC, KRISTINA - Dairy Herd Consulting And Research Company Mbfg
item TOP, EVA - University Of Idaho

Submitted to: Frontiers in Microbiology
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/29/2022
Publication Date: 8/16/2022
Citation: Chen, C., Fuqua, C., Jackson, C.R., Kadlec, K., Top, E.M. 2022. Editorial: Plasmid transfer- mechanisms, ecology, evolution and applications. Frontiers in Microbiology. https://www.doi.10.3389/fmicb.2022.993628.

Interpretive Summary: This is the Editorial to accompany the Research Topic "Plasmid Transfer- Mechanisms, Ecology, Evolution and Applications". It contains a summary of the papers in this collection.

Technical Abstract: Plasmids are important carriers of genes involved in virulence, resistance to antibiotics and heavy metals, and metabolism of compounds, among other specialized functions. The process whereby plasmids spread among bacteria through cell-cell contact is called conjugation, or conjugative transfer. In order to limit the spread of antibiotic resistance to pathogens or improve the spread or persistence of beneficial plasmids in biotechnological or agricultural applications, we need to better understand the factors that determine plasmid spread and persistence in diverse environments. This Research Topic collected a wide range of papers concerning plasmid transfer, including the mechanisms and regulation of conjugative transfer, plasmid maintenance and interactions within a host or in the environment, as well as characterization of plasmids carrying virulence and resistance determinants that could potentially impact public health or agriculture.