Special Issue "Marine Microbial Diversity as a Source of Bioactive Natural Products"
A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2019).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: natural products; metabolomics; chemical ecology; symbioses; toxicity and fate of emerging pollutants
The oceans and seas are the crucible of life on Earth. Living beings have evolved, adapted, and competed in these marine environments since the earliest times. From the poles to tropical lagoons, from the surface microlayer to the abyss, a large diversity of microenvironments has offered a broad range of niches for life to evolve. The consequence of these evolutionary processes are a multitude of very diverse and interwoven networks of species that use complex secondary metabolites to regulate their interactions. Marine ecosystems can therefore still be regarded as a potential, relatively underappreciated, source of unique active compounds that are yet to be discovered.
If some microorganisms can live freely in the water column, many others live in association. Sponges host microorganisms that contribute to their holometabolome, many coral species host microalgae and symbiotic prokaryotes, and many microorganisms participate in the development of interspecific biofilms covering biotic and abiotic surfaces, to name a few examples. Secondary metabolites from understudied interactions represent a novel source of compounds that by definition must be bioactive. Advances in microbial diversity analysis, natural product chemistry, metabolomics, or metabolic engineering now provide access to an unknown dimension of chemodiversity, and will allow the production of these compounds in amounts necessary for pharmaceutical development.
This Special Issue entitled “Marine Microbial Diversity as a Source of Bioactive Natural Products” focuses on the importance of the study of metabolites originating from the microbial biodiversity of marine environments, understanding the physiological and ecological roles of these microbial metabolites and their putative bioactivities, as well as the advances on the understanding and use of biosynthetic routes to guide and accelerate product development.
We plan to produce a very exciting issue that will encompass recent advances in the field (e.g., marine microbial diversity and ecology; metabolomic investigation of marine microorganisms; isolation and identification of bioactive compounds; the chemical ecology of marine microorganisms; biotechnological production of marine natural products). We look forward very much to your input.
Dr. Didier Stien
Manuscript Submission Information
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- marine microorganisms
- microbial diversity
- bioactive natural products
- chemical ecology
- marine and extreme environments
- blue growth
- marine biotechnologies