Special Issue "Molecularly Characterizing the Diversity of Marine Microbial Eukaryotes"

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312). This special issue belongs to the section "Marine Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 June 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Jun Gong
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Guest Editor
School of Marine Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhuhai Campus, Zhuhai, China
Interests: marine protists and fungi; protist–bacteria association; molecular microbial ecology; plankton ecology; sediment microbiome
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Prof. Dr. Zhenzhen Yi
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Guest Editor
School of Life Science, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China
Interests: diversity; evolution and ecology of microbial eukaryotes; phylogenetics; molecular phylogenetics
Prof. Dr. Dapeng Xu
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Guest Editor
State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China
Interests: protistan (microbial eukaryotes) ecology; biology; sequencing; ecology; species diversity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Single-celled protists and fungi (microbial eukaryotes) are important players in the microbial loop and biogeochemical cycles of coastal and marine ecosystems. They possess extensive taxonomic and functional diversity. Currently, molecular approaches have been widely applied to reveal their diversity at single-cell, population, community, and ecosystem levels. This Special Issue calls for original research studies and invites reviews on the taxonomy and phylogeny of microbial eukaryotes, particularly those that molecularly characterize the diversity, activity, ecological function, community organization, and spatial and temporal variations (biogeography) of planktonic and sedimentary microbial eukaryotes, as well as their interactions with organisms at various trophic levels and their physiological and ecological adaptations to specialized niches in natural, artificial, coastal, and marine habitats and systems.

Prof. Dr. Jun Gong
Prof. Dr. Zhenzhen Yi
Prof. Dr. Dapeng Xu
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • Protist
  • Fungi
  • Eukaryotic plankton
  • High-throughput sequencing
  • Diversity
  • Community composition
  • Biogeography
  • Ecology
  • Adaption
  • Interaction

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Open AccessArticle
Diversity and Seasonality Dynamics of Ciliate Communities in Four Estuaries of Shenzhen, China (South China Sea)
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2021, 9(3), 260; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse9030260 - 01 Mar 2021
Abstract
Ciliates are fundamental components of microzooplankton, with important ecological roles. However, ciliate communities are particularly difficult to monitor using conventional morphological approaches. New molecular tools, such as DNA metabarcoding, can facilitate the study of these communities. This study used high-throughput sequencing to examine [...] Read more.
Ciliates are fundamental components of microzooplankton, with important ecological roles. However, ciliate communities are particularly difficult to monitor using conventional morphological approaches. New molecular tools, such as DNA metabarcoding, can facilitate the study of these communities. This study used high-throughput sequencing to examine the diversity and seasonal dynamics of ciliate communities in four estuarine ecosystems in the South China Sea from June 2019 to March 2020. The amplification of the V4 region of 18S rDNA using ciliate-specific primers identified a total of 1645 amplicon sequence variants (ASVs), corresponding to 13 ciliate classes, 97 families, and 157 genera. The dominant species across all four sampling stations were spirotrichs (including choreotrichs, oligotrichs, and stichotrichs), oligohymenophorean scuticociliates, litostomateans Didinium, and prostomateans Cryptocaryon. Significant differences in ciliate diversity and community composition in the four stations were mainly due to differences in rare, rather than abundant, ASVs. Analysis of the ciliate communities and seasonal patterns in their composition revealed that variations in habitat and environmental conditions have a greater effect than seasonal changes on community composition. Full article
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