Unleashing the Hidden Potential of Anaerobic Fungi
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2021) | Viewed by 35434
Interests: anaerobic fungi; soil; biogas; environmental microbiology; microbial diversity; molecular microbial ecology; water quality
Interests: biogas; biowaste valorisation; bioprocess technology
Interests: molecular microbial ecology; applied anaerobic microbiology; phylogenetics; biogas processes; hygienization by biogas technology; renewable energies
Anaerobic fungi (AF) are a very peculiar group of microorganisms and the sole fungal phylum exhibiting an anaerobic lifestyle and some ancestral features lost in higher-evolved fungi. Since their first discovery in the early nineteen-hundreds and correct affiliation to the kingdom of fungi in 1975 by Orpin, many researchers have delved into these highly potent degraders of lignocellulosic biomass (LCB). Their panoply of hydrolytic enzymes makes them key players in the digestive tract of herbivores; however, their worldwide distribution seems not to be restricted to this habitat alone. Despite the plenitude of research on this group, many questions still remain unanswered, and implementation of AF to, e.g., biomethanation of LCB or bioethanol production is still in its infancy. This is where international projects like (https://www.hipoaf.com) hook in and aim at answering basic questions such as ideal growth conditions, improved and novel detection techniques, screening for novel habitats, strains and enzymes, symbiotic interactions of AF, and, eventually, at paving the way to successful biotechnological implementation of these unique microorganisms. These questions are also the scope of this Special Issue that is dedicated to updates on all fields related to AF research in agriculture, biotechnology and AF systematics, physiology, gene evolution, horizontal gene transfer, and molecular detection.Dr. Sabine Marie Podmirseg
Dr. Michael Lebuhn
Prof. Dr. Urs Baier
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- break-up of lignocellulosic biomass
- novel habitats
- cultivation of anaerobic fungi
- growth requirements
- synergistic interactions
- host organisms and habitats
- detection techniques
- fungal gene evolution and HGT