Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 9th Conference of the Hellenic Scientific Society MIKROBIOKOSMOS "Beneficial Microbes at the Heart of Mikrobiokosmos""

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Hera Karayanni
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Department of Biological Applications and Technology, University of Ioannina, 45110 Ioannina, Greece
Interests: aquatic microbial ecology; diversity; food webs; biogeography
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Dr. Katherine Maria Pappas
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Department of Genetics & Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology, National & Kapodistrian University of Athens, Panepistimiopolis, Ilissia, 15701 Athens, Greece
Interests: gene regulation; horizontal transfer; plasmid biology; bacterial cell-cell signaling; bacterial genomics; microbial biotechnology; strain engineering
Dr. Chrysoula Tassou
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Hellenic Agricultural Organisation-DIMITRA, Institute of Technology of Agricultural Products, Sofokli Venizelou 1, Lycovrissi, 14123 Attica, Greece
Interests: food microbiology; food safety; probiotics; microbiology of fermented foods; food microbial ecology
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Dr. Danae Venieri
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School of Environmental Engineering, Technical University of Crete, 73100 Chania, Greece
Interests: water/wastewater microbiology; advanced disinfection processes; bioremediation; ecotoxicology
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microorganisms have endured and thrived through the beginning of life on our planet and this makes them the most resourceful biology “story-tellers” of all living beings. They play key roles in biogeochemical cycling at different environmental compartments, with reciprocal and cascading effects in agriculture, animal, human and plant health. They are important for a sustainable agriculture, as microbial pesticides, biofertilisers or bioremediating agents, and mediate in environmental cleanup and biodepuration. They support life in lakes and oceans affecting all aquatic organism yields and have an overall impact on the climate; they indeed regulate climate change. They contribute to food production, preservation and safety, and thus in animal and human health and nutrition. They constitute an invaluable source of cellular and molecular materials for exploitation in biotechnology and bioenergy production. Last but not least, they constitute an important and integral part of all other living organisms: the microbiome. Thus, the role of the microbial world—mikrobiokosmos, in Greek—is considered more than ever crucial in the “One Health” and “One Planet” schools of thought, i.e., the emerging concepts advocating the intertwining of healthy global ecosystems with healthy living beings.

This Special Issue will include peer-reviewed articles that will be presented at the 9th Conference of the Hellenic Scientific Society Mikrobiokosmos “Beneficial microbes at the heart of Mikrobiokosmos” to be held on December 16–18, 2021, in Athens, Greece. However, we also welcome contributions relevant to the focus of the conference that may not be presented in the conference.

The conference, as highlighted by its title, will focus on the beneficial role of microorganisms in the following fields/sessions: Agriculture/Fisheries/Aquaculture, Food/Nutrition, Environment, Bioengineering, Biotechnology/Bioenergy. Advances in molecular mechanisms, model organisms, microbiome studies, “omic” approaches and bioinformatics tools, host-microbe associations and interactions are also included.

Prospective authors are kindly encouraged to contribute to and help shape the conference and this Special Issue through submitting their research papers.

Dr. Hera Karayanni
Dr. Katherine Maria Pappas
Dr. Chrysoula Tassou
Dr. Danae Venieri
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. Microorganisms 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 2000 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.


  • beneficial microorganisms
  • host-microbe (and plant-microbe
  • animal-microbe) interactions
  • aquatic and soil microbial habitats
  • bioenergy
  • bioengineering
  • biotechnology
  • microbiomes
  • omics
  • microbial ecology
  • food microbiota
  • viruses

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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