Special Issue "Microbes in Communities—Geobiological Processes, Symbioses, Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2019
Prof. Dr. Joachim Reitner
Göttingen Centre of Geosciences, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Goldschmidtstraße 3, 37077 Göttingen, Germany
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Interests: geobiology of prebiotic and early life processes; biogeochemistry of biomineralisation of carbonates and silicates; phylogeny and biogeochemistry of ancestral metazoans (sponges, cnidarians)
All microorganisms—prokaryotes as well as eukaryotes—live in multi-species assemblages. Though these communities are nowadays easy to elucidate (in terms of species diversity) by next-generation sequencing, their functionality is difficult to understand. Knowledge on metabolic properties and flows of substrates and products is lagging behind the fast-growing metagenome data, revealing more and more microbial taxa of an unknown function. Reasons for the occurrence of specific organisms, their interdependence between species, their fitness, and their adaptations are still largely unknown.
In this Issue, we will shed light on the functionality of microbial communities in geobiological processes at micro- and macroscales. This includes but is not restricted to communities involved in primary production and elemental cycling, mineral dissolution and precipitation, animal–microbe symbioses, the degradation of complex compounds, and bioremediation.
For this Special Issue, we ask for research papers and reviews describing interrelations between community members in microbial consortia. We are interested in extreme habitats and model ecosystems with low diversity, in which few organisms are dominant and processes may be reconstructed. We are also looking for research pointing out key players in complex communities like in soil, marine sediments, or animal microbiomes. We are also interested in the role of (bacterial) viruses in microbial communities.
All methodologies, like (functional) metagenomics, metabolome studies, in situ analyses of parameters (macro- to nanoscale), microbial biomarker tracing, and structure-functional microscopic techniques, are welcome.
PD Dr. Michael Hoppert
Prof. Dr. Joachim Reitner
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