Special Issue "Diversity of Soil Fungal Communities"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021) | Viewed by 9487
Interests: soil communities; microbial ecology; molecular ecology; mycology; extreme environments; Antarctica; Arctic
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It is well-known that fungi dominate the microbial biomass in all terrestrial environments and play key roles in ecosystem functioning as symbionts (mycorrhizae, endophytes, lichens), pathogens, and decomposers, thus influencing plant primary production, elements mineralization and sequestration, soil structure, and fertility, and acting in the regulation of soil carbon balance. Nevertheless, the processes underpinning fungal community assembly remain largely unknown. Recently, fungal species on Earth were estimated to number around 12 million, the majority of which remain to be discovered. A number of novel taxa have been established in the last decade, and high-throughput sequencing techniques are expected to reveal in the near future this potential enormous diversity. Besides the fungal diversity, the mechanisms governing the microbial community processes and how they influence the ecological communities also remain poorly understood. These gaps make this research field of extreme interest, also in the light of the wide metabolic potential already demonstrated for soil fungi. Additionally, due to the still-limited knowledge of this kingdom, it is difficult to comprehensively assess the influence of environmental changes on terrestrial fungal communities of different biomes in terms of the adaptation, migration, acclimatization, or extinction of their components.
This Special Issue wishes to encourage the submission of original research papers and review manuscripts dealing with the composition, evolution and adaptations of soil fungal communities and the environmental conditions determining their establishment and survival, aiming to gain the widest possible vision of these ecosystems.
Dr. Fabiana Canini
Prof. Dr. Laura Zucconi
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- soil communities