Special Issue "Preservation, Characterization and Exploitation of Microbial Biodiversity of Agri-Food and Environmental Interest"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019
The impact of microorganisms on human activities is largely recognized. Microorganisms are the most abundant and important living organisms with respect to environmental nutrient cycling. They have a pivotal role in the preservation of natural habitats and in the production of almost all benefits that humans gather from properly functioning ecosystems. They establish symbiotic relationships with animals and plants and influence their health and illness. Moreover, microorganisms are the main protagonists in the biotech industry and in food and beverage fermentation.
Recent predictions of global species richness underline that our knowledge of microbial diversity is still much limited and suggest the existence of an enormous reservoir of species, genes, enzymes, and metabolic functions that have to be disclosed. In fact, the characterization and preservation of microbial biodiversity is indispensable not only for the maintenance of natural ecosystems but also for research purposes and for the development of applications in the biotech and food industries.
In this context, this Special Issue aims at collecting original research or review articles regarding: i) new strategies and tools for the characterization, preservation, and valorization of microbial biodiversity; ii) the exploitation of microbial biodiversity for food quality and safety; iii) the importance of microbial biodiversity for environmental and agricultural sustainability; iv) the impact of microbial biodiversity on the biotech industry.Prof. Dr. Ilaria Mannazzu
Prof. Dr. Marilena Budroni
Dr. Giacomo Zara
Dr. Severino Zara
Manuscript Submission Information
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