Special Issue "Ice and Snow Microbiology"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Catherine Larose

Ecole Centrale de Lyon, Ecully, France
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Interests: cryosphere microbiology; microbial ecology; colonization; microbes and climate change; microbial community structure; sub-zero metabolism; biogeochemical cycling; frozen environments
Assistant Guest Editor
Dr. Lorrie Maccario

Section of Microbiology, Department of Biology, Copenhagen University , Universitetsparken 15, Building 1, DK 2200 Copenhagen, Denmark
Interests: microbial ecology; polar and cryosphere microbiology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the past decade, our view on cryosphere ecosystems has evolved drastically. What was once considered as inhospitable is now recognized as a diverse ecosystem with multiple niches for microbial communities. These communities are dynamic, complex and provide excellent models for our understanding of evolution, adaptation, function and community interactions. Much remains to be explored and in order to evaluate the consequences of climate-mediated alterations and the potential loss of microbes from the Earth’s cryosphere, ice and snow ecosystems need to be fully characterized.

This Special Issue will publish papers that address: (1) paradigms and future research on cryosphere microorganisms; (2) colonization, selection and adaptation of microbial communities; (3) interactions among microbial communities and the impact on ecosystem functioning (this includes viruses); (4) functional analyses of microbial communities in relation to changes in the environment; (5) the role of microorganisms in transforming their environment and feedback on cryosphere climate regulation; and (6) modeling of microbial community structure, interactions and function.

Dr. Catherine Larose
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • cryosphere microbiology
  • sub-zero life
  • climate change
  • microbe interactions
  • biogeochemisty

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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