Special Issue "Identification of Bioactive Compounds from Marine Actinobacteria and Fungi"

A special issue of Marine Drugs (ISSN 1660-3397).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Fabrizio Beltrametti
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BioC-CheM Solutions Srl, Via R. Lepetit 34, 21040 Gerenzano (Varese), Italy
Interests: microorganism; marine actinobacteria; biotechnological production; proteomics; identification; purification; quantitative
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Dr. Beatriz Cámara
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Departamento de Química y Centro de Biotecnología DAL, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaiso, Chile
Interests: marine actinomycetes; metabolomics; natural products; antibiotics; biosynthetic gene clusters; keratinases
Dr. Francesca Berini
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Department of Biotechnology and Life Sciences, University of Insubria, via J.H. Dunant 3, 21100 Varese, Italy
Interests: actinomycetes; secondary metabolites; bioactive proteins; fermentation; isolation
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,                

Microorganisms are by far the most notable and most prolific source of bioactive compounds and possess, over other producers, such as plants and animals, the advantage of being relatively easy to isolate and cultivate. Among microorganisms, actinobacteria and fungi remain an outstanding source of bioactive compounds with potential application to various fields. It is a matter of fact that the curve of discovery for new bioactive compounds has come to a near-saturation situation due to redundancy in the isolation of both microorganisms and biosynthetic pathways. However, discovery and development from unexplored environments have been proved a successful strategy when pursuing for microbial novelty. Besides a wealth of information about terrestrial actinobacteria and fungi, marine environments, which represent a large part of the Earth’s biosphere, still remain mostly unexplored. Marine environments are, therefore, inspiring the search for new bioactive molecules of interest such as nutraceuticals, proteins, and pharmaceuticals for various applications.

The goal of this Special Issue is to describe, by original research articles or reviews, the identification, characterization and production of Bioactive Compounds from Marine Actinobacteria and Fungi. The originality of the manuscripts will be established in consideration of the novelty, not only of the bioactive compounds, but also of the producer microorganisms, of the strain isolation methodology, or of the particular habitat explored. Finally, improvement of fermentation conditions and design of enhanced bioprocesses involving marine actinobacteria and fungi will be considered in view of their efforts to reduce production costs and to achieve high-quality bioactive compounds.

Dr. Fabrizio Beltrametti
Dr. Beatriz Cámara
Dr. Francesca Berini
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Marine Drugs is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • bioactive molecules
  • secondary metabolites
  • bioactive proteins
  • antibiotic
  • anticancer
  • immunosuppressant
  • antiviral
  • fermentation improvement
  • bioprocesses
  • bioreactors

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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