The Diverse Faces of Bacillus Cereus

By Vincenzo Savini

The Diverse Faces of Bacillus cereus PDF 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.

  • 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
Table of Contents

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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