About the Author
Dr Paola Mattarelli is a microbiologist with a PhD in Microbial Ecology. Currently, she is a principal investigator at Bologna University with 20-years' experience on the taxonomy, functional properties and microbial ecology of bifidobacteria, especially in human and animal host interactions. She is co-author of chapters related to bifidobacteria in "The Prokaryotes" and "Bergey's Manual of Systematic Bacteriology". She is co-author of numerous scientific papers, reviews and book chapters. Dr. Bivati is a full professor for Microbiology and Head of Microbiology Area in the Department of Agro-environmental Science and Technologies at Bologna University in Italy. His primary research interests include bifidobacteriaceae, methanoarchea, the microbial ecology of the intestinal tract in humans and farm animals; probiotics, prebiotics and synbiotics; and the antimicrobial activity of natural compounds. Professor Biavati has served on the Editorial Board of Annals of Microbiology since 1995 and is past President of the Italian Society for Agricultural, Food and Environmental Microbiology. He has authored three book chapters and over 75 journal articles. Wilhelm H. Holzapfel, Chair Professor, Advanced Green Energy and Environment Institute, Handong Global University, Pohang, Gyeongbuk, South Korea. He is the author or co-author of more than 300 scientific papers and over 60 book chapters, and has edited or co-edited 7 books. He has held academic positions (Professor, Honorary Professor and Extraordinary Professor) in microbiology at various universities, and was Head (until 2007) (Director and Professor) of the Institute of Hygiene and Toxicology in Karlsruhe, Germany, and currently is chair professor at Handong Global University, South Korea. Since 1996 he has been President of the ICFMH of the IUMS Dr Brian J. B. Wood worked first (3 years) at the University of California at Davis, including an Austral Summer in the Antarctic, then for 6 years at Unilever's Colworth House Research Centre, finally for 30 years at Strathclyde University. He has co-authored numerous scientific papers, reviews and chapters in books, etc, and edited or co-edited 6 books, including The Microbiology of Fermented Foods (two editions).