Special Issue "Subsurface Geomicrobiology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019
Subsurface geomicrobiology is a new frontier in microbiology. It seeks to determine whether life can be sustained in the absence of solar radiation. Subsurface ecosystems are also valuable astrobiological models useful for the re-creation of life in putative early Earth scenarios and for ascertaining its possible existence in other planetary bodies. Although Charles R. Darwin predicted the existence of deep subsurface ecosystems almost two hundred years ago and a few pioneer observations in the beginning of last century suggested the existence of active microorganisms associated with subsurface minerals, the first reports describing subsurface geomicrobiology are very recent. Despite the progress that has been recently made in the field, information concerning microbial abundance, diversity, and sustainability in subsurface ecosystems is still scarce, mainly due to the methodological limitations of studying microbial metabolisms dispersed in a solid rock matrix.
Prof. Ricardo Amils
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