Special Issue "Functions, Diversity and Molecular Ecology of Microbe in Extreme Environments"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 August 2023 | Viewed by 134
Interests: microbial ecology and microbial resources in varied extreme environments, especially radiation-resistant microorganisms
Interests: extremophiles; radio-resistant microbes; extremozymes; value added chemicals/compounds; secondary metabolites
The revolutionary history in most of our planet is dominated by prokaryotes, continuously evolving and adapting themselves in extreme niches. Extremophiles in particular, those thriving under multiple extreme conditions such as high temperature, salt, acidity, pressure, radiation, and limiting nutrient conditions, represent key areas of research. Extremophiles do not only survive under such harsh environmental conditions but are also now considered among one of the superclass to cope with high-level radiations, microgravity, vaccum, and pressure in space.
In this issue, we invite submissions pertaining to how microbes respond to extreme environments at different ecological levels: from community to individuals. At the community level, extreme environments select the suitable microorganisms from the available seed pool and the stresses shape their populations. Stress gradient is very helpful for disentangling the mechanisms in microbial community assembly. At the individual level, indigenous microorganisms have evolved specific genetic capabilities to survive and sometimes thrive under harsh environmental conditions. To protect cells from extreme environmental stresses, they may produce bioactive products, including specific small organic molecules (extremolytes).
Recent advances in cultivation, DNA sequencing technologies, and -omics (metagenomics, metaproteomics, etc.) methods have greatly contributed to the rapid advancement of our understanding of microbial diversity, ecological function, and interactions with extreme environments. With this proposed research topic we aim to report on the recent advances in our understanding of how microbes live in extreme habitats, to unlock major scientific discoveries, and also to advance the field of extremophiles. We welcome contributions of original research articles, reviews, or opinions that are related to the proposed topic. Here, due to the particularity of indigenous microorganisms in extreme environments, we especially encourage submissions about studies with culture-dependent methods and microbial characteristics related to environmental stress.
Dr. Gaosen Zhang
Dr. Wasim Sajjad
Dr. Imran Khan
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- microbial community
- resistant mechanism
- microbial ecology
- microbe-environment interactions