Diversity, Ecology and Genetics of Ciliates

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 445

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Research Department for Limnology, Mondsee, University of Innsbruck, A-5310 Mondsee, Austria
Interests: ciliates; Parameciu; protists; symbiosis; bacterial symbionts; microbiomes; mating types; speciation mechanisms; the species concept
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Research Department for Limnology, Mondsee, University of Innsbruck, A-5310 Mondsee, Austria
Interests: ciliates; taxonomy; ecology; aquatic food webs; diversity; symbiosis; microbial communities; protists

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ciliates (Ciliophora) are one of the most diverse groups of protists. Different ciliates occur in various ecological niches, and they are widespread and abundant in many environments, from deserts to the polar oceans, and from bromeliad tank water to the rumen of cattle. They are an indispensable link in aquatic food webs. Short generation times make ciliates ideal bioindicators. Some ciliates live as symbionts in animals, or they can host pro- and eukaryotic symbionts themselves. Although ciliates can be morphologically identified because of their characteristic and robust shape due to the cell cortex structure and other features, the existence of cryptic or genetically isolated sibling species is quite common. Thus, Ciliophora is a group of choice when studying speciation processes and their underlying mechanisms. Moreover, the unique separation of two coexisting nuclei into germline and soma made ciliates an evolutionarily successful group. This nuclear dualism makes the genetics of ciliates unusual, but, at the same time, ciliates serve as fascinating model organisms, continuously providing genetic and epigenetic insights. A number of ciliate genomes have already been sequenced, and the data is continuously accumulating.

It is our pleasure to invite all interested colleagues to contribute to the Special Issue, “Diversity, Ecology and Genetics of Ciliates”. We aim to provide a platform highlighting new research and significant advances in the diversity, taxonomy, and genetics of ciliates. We invite submissions of research articles, reviews, or short communications on ciliate diversity, genomics, speciation, and evolution. Furthermore, reports on ciliate communities from various biotopes and habitats, and interactions among ciliates and other microorganisms will be gladly considered.

Dr. Alexey Potekhin
Dr. Bettina Sonntag
Guest Editors

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  • Ciliophora
  • diversity
  • protistology
  • biogeography
  • microbial communities
  • symbiosis
  • speciation
  • macronucleus
  • epigenetics
  • genomics
  • adaptation and evolution
  • bioindicators
  • ecology

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