Special Issue "Sponge Symbiotic Bacterial Diversity"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2015)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Ipek Kurtboke

Senior Lecturer in Environmental Microbiology, School of Science, Education and Engineering, Faculty of Science, Health, Education and Engineering, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore DC, Queensland 4558, Australia
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Interests: microbial diversity; microbial systematics; ecophysiology of microorganisms; functional diversity of microorganisms; microbial ecosystems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The diverse range of marine bioactive compounds, especially those from sponge-symbiotic bacteria, has been utilized for variety of industrial and environmental applications. However, to maximize the stream of bioactive compounds from sponge-symbiotic bacteria, sound understanding on the taxonomical and functional diversity of these symbionts has to be increased. Correlating such understanding with the rationale of symbiont-aided host bioactive metabolite production can then improve prospects of generating drug leads from sponge sources. The composition of host-associated microflora is naturally influenced by environmental factors present at the geographical location, however, thus far, in-depth information on the environmental conditions and stress factors surrounding the host, which define this specific interaction, has been limited. To provide reliable information on the true symbiotic associations, many factors, such as the current directions, continental overflows, presence or absence of pollutants, as well as the characteristics of the sediments or reefs at the sponge sampling sites, have to be known. All these factors can define the response of host sponges to such surrounding factors and their selective acquisition of the microflora during the filter feeding activity. In the absence of such knowledge determination of the existence of the true symbiotic associations between the host and the microorganisms render difficult. This Special Issue is designed to generate such information, to be able to improve understanding on the existence of true symbiotic relationships between the host and symbiotic bacteria, which in turn will aid towards utilization of such bacteria for biodiscovery and biotechnology.

Dr. İpek Kurtböke
Guest Editor

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Related Journal

  • Marine Drugs-an Open Access journal of Marine Biodiscovery and Biotechnology.


  • Marine microbial diversity
  • Eco-functional diversity of marine symbiotic bacteria
  • Marine symbiotic microbial metabolic diversity
  • Marine microbial ecosystems
  • Marine microbial systematics
  • Marine ecosystem mining for bioactive symbiotic bacteria

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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