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Special Issue "Marine Natural Products from Symbiotic Ecosystems"

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2018

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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Phone: +61 7 5430 2819
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Interests: microbial diversity; microbial systematics; ecophysiology of microorganisms; functional diversity of microorganisms; microbial ecosystems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Marine-derived bioactive compounds have been reported to have functional roles within their symbiotic environments and can chemically range from antimicrobials, pigments, vitamins and enzymes. These compounds can exhibit antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antimicrobial or cytotoxic properties. They can also be produced as defense compounds against competitors of their hosts, predators and pathogens thus providing the host with competitive advantages in the environment by increasing their access to space and nutrients through elimination of the competitors.  As a result, most symbionts are believed to produce unique compounds for their hosts, and such potent compounds might also have further use in industry. Accordingly, in this Special Issue, the author would like to invite manuscripts specialized in discovery of medicinal and biotechnologically important compounds deriving from symbiosis between marine macro-organisms and microorganisms.

Dr. Ipek Kurtboke
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Marine Drugs is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • marine microorganisms
  • marine symbiosis
  • marine biodiscovery
  • marine biotechnology
  • marine environments

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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