Special Issue "Evolutionary Genetics of Microbial Symbiosis"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 June 2020).
Interests: symbiosis; evolutionary ecology; metagenomics; gut microbiota
Interests: endosymbionts; evolution of inherited microorganisms; genetic basis of morphological and behavioral differences between species; genetic conflict and the evolution of "parasitic" or "selfish" DNA
Symbiosis is defined as the physical and persistent interactions among unlike organisms and has led to the emergence of remarkable novelties in the course of evolution (e.g., the appearance of organelles). Symbiosis currently underpins the success of some of the most important ecosystems in nature (e.g., coral reefs). Microbial symbioses, in particular, are now seen as intrinsically embedded in all multicellular organisms, where they can contribute to phenotypic diversity across biological levels of organization (from molecular to ecosystem traits), ultimately affecting the co-evolution of life. Recent molecular advances in the study of microbial diversity have begun to reveal the range in complexity and number of players of microbial symbiotic systems, from stable and highly specific single host-bacteria associations (e.g., Buchnera in aphids) to widespread communities of microbes establishing dynamic interactions between each other and with their hosts (e.g., the animal gut microbiota). Host and microbes can engage in extensive cross-kingdom molecular dialogue that we have only begun to disentangle. Not only do physically associated organisms “communicate”, they can also integrate information, complement metabolic pathways, and even exchange their DNA, in some cases becoming sufficiently integrated to possibly become a higher evolutionary unit of selection. This extensive interplay among microbes and hosts has enormous implications in the emergence of novel traits and the overall diversification of life.
In this Special Issue, we invite reviews, prospectives, and research papers that contribute to our understanding of the evolutionary impact of microbial symbioses. Specifically, we would like to target the following: the genetic factors shaping spatial and temporal dynamics in host–microbial communities; the role of microbial symbiosis in organismal adaptation and evolution; the concept of genomic individuality in symbiotic systems; the genetic bases of the symbiotic–host and symbiont–symbiont interaction; the phylogenomic and genomic (co)evolution of symbionts and hosts; the modes of transmission, acquisition, and association of microbe–host systems; and new methodologies and approaches to disentangle the genetic interchange among symbionts (including single-cell genomics). Manuscripts can target both highly specific host–symbiont interactions (e.g., endosymbionts), as well as microbial communities (bacterial, viral, fungal, and protist) residing in animals and plants. We welcome studies on new symbiotic models.
Prof. Laura Baldo
Prof. Jack Werren
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- host-associated microbial communities
- genetics of symbiosis
- genetic interactions among host–microbes