Special Issue "Microbial Ecology and Diversity"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 April 2013)
Dr. Kristen M. DeAngelis (Website)
Department of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 102 Morrill IV N, 639 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01003-9298, USA
Fax: +1 413 545 1578
Interests: microbial ecology of terrestrial ecosystems; effects of climate change stress on populations and communities; lignocellulose decomposition; plant-microbial interactions in the rhizosphere
Prof. Dr. Susan Leschine (Website)
Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 212 Morrill IV N, 639 N. Pleasant St., Amherst, MA 01003-9298, USA
Fax: +1 413 545 1578
Interests: microbial physiology and diversity; soil microbiology; cellulose decomposition; biofilms; role of digestive tract microbes in animal health
Microbes embody the vast diversity of life on Earth. The extensive physiological diversity of microbes has long been recognized through traditional cultivation-based methods; however, with the advent of molecular techniques for community analysis, estimates of richness have increased dramatically. New technologies and lower DNA sequencing costs have led to an explosion in sequence-based microbial community analyses such as metagenomics, revealing astonishing diversity. The challenge now is to tie this richness and complexity to ecosystem function. In their natural environments microbes interact with each other and often with plants and animals. Such interactions are essential for ecosystem function and may relate to plant and animal health, biogeochemical cycling, and numerous other processes. Defining the microbial role in ecosystem function is complicated in part because microbial functions feed back at many scales. At the single cell scale, microbes sense and respond to their environments. At the population-level, there are myriad chemical inter- and intra-species communications that control group behaviors. At the community scale, composition changes with environmental factors, altering nutrient pools and process rates.
This “Microbial Ecology and Diversity” Special Issue focuses on linking richness and composition of complex microbial communities with ecosystem function. Questions to be addressed include: How are microbial community structures and function related? What interactions with the environment or with other organisms control microbial activity? What can be gained or lost from examining natural versus controlled, laboratory systems? With this in mind, we hope to advance understanding of interactions among members of these communities, with associated plants and animals, as well as with their environment.
Prof. Dr. Kristen M. DeAngelis
Prof. Dr. Susan Leschine
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are refereed through a peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Diversity is an international peer-reviewed Open Access quarterly journal published by MDPI.
- microbial ecology
- microbial diversity
- community analysis
- community structure and function
- sequence-based techniques
- biogeochemical cycles