Sheds new light on microbial communities and their interactions within and between different environments, with particular emphasis on food systems. * Explores emerging interdisciplinary areas, with expert coverage from researchers in environmental, food, oral, medical, and veterinary microbiology. * Offers new perspectives on the important relationship of food and food-borne microfloras to public health. * Elucidates the complexity of microbial ecosystems associated with various types of foods. * Identifies key elements of the food chain that should be considered in ecosystem studies. * Addresses positive and negative effects of food-borne microbes on the host and their roles in shaping the ecosystems of the gut and oral cavities. This title is published by the American Society of Microbiology Press and distributed by Taylor and Francis in rest of world territories.