Special Issue "Microbial Diversity in Extreme Environments: Implications for Ecological and Applicative Perspectives"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2019)
Dr. Angelina Lo Giudice
Institute for the Biological Resources and the Marine Biotechnologies (IRBIM-CNR), Spianata San Raineri 86, 98122 Messina, Italy
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Interests: microbial ecology in polar systems; microbial biotechnology; biodiversity and biotechnological applications of bacteria from polar environments; prokaryotic communities associated with filter-feeding benthic organisms
Prof. Concetta Gugliandolo
Department of Chemical, Biological, Pharmaceutical and Environmental Sciences, University of Messina, V.le F. Stagno d’Alcontres 31, 98166 Messina, Italy
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Interests: microbial ecology, geomicrobiology and applied microbiology in hot (deserts and hallow hydrothermal vents) and cold polar environments, aiming at taxonomic aspects, spatial patterns in microbial communities, relationship of microbial community structure and function, as well as research into novel biomolecules of interest to biotechnology
We are inviting you to consider submitting a manuscript to Diversity for a Special Issue on “Microbial Diversity in Extreme Environments: implications for ecological and applicative perspectives”. Extreme environmental niches are characterized by physical and chemical conditions (e.g., low or high temperatures, high ionic strength and/or pressure, lack of sunlight, absence of water, low or high pH values, high level of radiation) that, alone or in combination, are hard to tolerate for most known life forms. Such hostile environments are inhabited by extremophiles (e.g., psychrophiles and thermophiles, halophiles, acidophiles and alkalophiles, piezophiles) that are able to not only survive, but also thrive in different ecosystems thanks to the development of adaptation strategies, involving diverse structural, physiological and metabolic modifications, and also symbiotic associations. Are these life forms adapted to or unique to extreme environments? The application of modern advanced techniques in molecular biology is revealing unexpected high levels of microbial diversity and complexity in extreme environments. Extreme environments represent natural laboratories to investigate the effects of climate changes on the biota and microbiota. Searching for novel extremophiles is largely stimulating the industry’s interest, as molecules from these microorganisms could be transformed into valuable biotechnological compounds.
For this Special Issue, we are looking for experimental studies, reviews, and distributional surveys relating to any aspect of microbial diversity, including the origin of life, ecology, astrobiology, molecular biology, physiology, and biotechnology, related to eukaryotes and prokaryotes in extreme environments. This Special Issue also serves as a memorial to Dr. Luigi Michaud (1974–2014), in recognition of his passion for and contribution to the microbiology of extreme environments.
Thank you for your consideration.Dr. Angelina Lo Giudice
Prof. Concetta Gugliandolo
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- Biotecnonological potentialities
- Community analysis
- Community structure and functions
- Eco-functional diversity of extremophilic microbes in extreme aquatic and terrestrial niches
- Extremophilic bacteria, archaea and microeukaryotes
- Microbial life in extreme environments