Special Issue "Characterization of Microbial Communities and Its Potential Towards Biotechnological Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2021).
Interests: microbial genomics; environmental microbiology; microbial adaptation and evolution; microbial biotechnology
Interests: microbial functional genomics; microbial synthetic biology; pseudomonas biotechnology; microbial valorization of plant-based feedstocks
Microorganisms thrive as part of complex microcosms in almost every abiotic and biotic niche. Microbial communities drive fundamental processes in ecosystems and are clearly the first responders to any environmental change.
Advances in high throughput technologies have enabled the evaluation of the community ecology, composition, and function without full dependence on laboratory-based culturing, as well as the characterization of microbial responses to the changing environment in situ, in laboratory enrichments with reduced complexity, in pure cultures or even as single cells.
Significantly, the characterization of the genomic repertoire of microbial communities is paving the way to the development of novel biotechnological applications in different fields, including bioremediation, biocatalysis, biomedicine, and biomonitoring.
The aim of this Special Issue is to provide an adequate multidisciplinary platform for the interchange of valuable information, both basic and applied research, devoted to the sustainability of ecosystems and the biotechnological application of microbial communities. As a Guest Editor of the Special Issue, I invite you to submit research articles, review articles, and short communications related to the following topics:
- Characterization of microbial communities via high-throughput approaches (metagenomics, metabarcoding, metatranscriptomics, metaproteomics, among others)
- Ecosystem biomonitoring through microbial diversity and functionality
- Biotechnological applications of microbial communities and microbial products
- Engineered microbial consortia and synthetic microbial networks
- Response of microbial communities to environmental changes
Prof. Pedro M. Santos
Dr. Pedro Castro
Manuscript Submission Information
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- DNA metabarcoding
- Shotgun metagenomics
- Metatranscriptomics Metaproteomics
- Community metabolomics
- Microbial functional genomics
- Synthetic microbial communities