Special Issue "Coevolution of Hosts and their Microbiome"

A special issue of Genes (ISSN 2073-4425). This special issue belongs to the section "Population and Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2018)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Philipp Heeb

Laboratoire Évolution et Diversité Biologique (EDB), UMR 5174 Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France
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Interests: Host-microbiota interactions; Social foraging and competition; Parent-offspring communication; Host-Parasite interactions and host-life history traits;
Guest Editor
Dr. Alexandre Jousset

Ecology and Biodiversity, Department of Biology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Interests: biodiversity; plant-microbe interactions; microbiology; soil ecology; sustainable agriculture; disease ecology
Guest Editor
Dr. Ville-Petri Friman

Department of Biology, University of York, York, UK
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Interests: host-microbe interactions; experimental evolution; microbial ecology; eco-evolutionary dynamics; microbe-microbe interactions
Guest Editor
Dr. Morten Tønsberg Limborg

National History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Interests: Population genomics; speciation; host-microbe interactions; applied hologenomics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The evolution of life-history traits in plants and animals has taken place in the midst of complex microbial communities. Biology is undergoing a fundamental reshaping where the phenotypic expression of individuals needs to be considered as the combined expression of the host and its associated microbial genomes, defined as the "holobiont” (i.e., the host and its microbiota). These concepts have wide ranging implications and have led to the realization that multicellular organisms coevolve with their microbial symbionts. Although host-microbe interactions can be understood by ecological processes, much less is known about the significance of evolutionary and eco-evolutionary processes. Given its complex structure, understanding the specific roles, adaptability, and functions provided by the microbiome is a new scientific frontier. This Special Issue will reflect recent developments in molecular and statistical techniques to discuss theoretical concepts and empirical evidences on the role of the microbiota in holobiont evolution.

Dr. Philipp Heeb
Dr. Alexandre Jousset
Dr. Ville-Petri Friman
Dr. Morten Tønsberg Limborg
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Host-microbe interactions
  • co-evolution
  • holobiont
  • microbiota
  • adaptation

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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