Special Issue "Microbial Evolution of Extremophiles"

A special issue of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Paul Blum

School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
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Interests: hyperthermophilic archaea; pathogenic enteric bacteria
Guest Editor
Dr. Sophie Payne

School of Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The study of microbial extremophiles has identified their diverse metabolic and physiological capabilities, culminating in incredible revelations regarding the features and limitations of biology. Furthermore, modern phylogenetics clusters extant extremophiles near the universal ancestor, emphasizing the importance in studying the evolutionary origin and subsequent diversification of life. The study of extremophile evolution has remarkable value in providing insight into past evolutionary history, modern mechanisms of extremophilicity, the manipulation of microbial evolution, and predictions in exobiology.

For this Special Issue of Microorganisms, we invite you to submit articles on the topic of evolution and relevant processes in microbial extremophiles. This includes topics such as the evolutionary history of life and its processes, mechanisms for evolution and adaptation, applications of evolutionary processes, and evolutionary predictions.

Prof. Dr. Paul Blum
Dr. Sophie Payne
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • extremophile evolution
  • origin of life
  • phylogeny
  • bioinformatics
  • biotechnology
  • extremophile adaptation
  • evolutionary mechanisms
  • astrobiology
  • thermophiles
  • psychrophiles
  • acidophiles
  • alkaliphiles
  • osmophiles
  • halophiles
  • bacteria
  • archaea
  • eukaryotes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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