Special Issue "Ecology, Diversity and Functions of Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019
Dr. Andreas Pommerening-Röser
The lithoautotrophic ammonia-oxidizing bacteria (AOB) are characterized by their shared ability to utilize ammonia as a sole energy source and carbon dioxide as the main source of carbon. They initiate the so-called nitrification process that is considered to be of key importance in natural nitrogen cycling. Even though it is now known that AOB are no longer the only microorganisms doing this, nonetheless they remain of particular importance for microbial ecology and biogeochemistry. Due to their ecological importance, their physiological uniqueness and their phylogenetic structure, AOB are virtually predestined for environmental studies. Due their adaptation to diverse site conditions, a large number of AOB species has evolved. What is still missing, however, is information about the equally large number of environmental factors or ecophysiological properties that might have shaped speciation within this group of bacteria. All attempts, be it whole genome analysis or pure culture bases studies, to explore this issue will certainly advance our knowledge of factors affecting AOB in natural and man-made environments and their significance in nitrification and the global nitrogen cycle.
For this Special Issue of Microorganisms, you are cordially invited to submit contributions related on any aspects outlined above.
Dr. Andreas Pommerening-Röser
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