Special Issue "Interaction between Microorganisms and Metals in Extreme Environments"

A special issue of Minerals (ISSN 2075-163X). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomineralization and Biominerals".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2022) | Viewed by 259

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Carmen Falagán
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Guest Editor
School of Biological Sciences, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth PO1 2DY, UK
Interests: extreme environments; extremophiles; acidophiles; bioremediation; bioleaching; minerals; metals
Dr. Mario Toubes-Rodrigo
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, The Open University, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA, UK
Interests: geomicrobiology; astrobiology; modelling; glaciology; biosignatures
Dr. Tomasa Sbaffi
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Guest Editor
Molecular Ecology Group, Water Research Institute, National Research Council of Italy (CNR-IRSA), 28922 Verbania, Italy
Interests: geomicrobiology; microbial community ecology; coalescence; antimicrobial resistance; metals resistance; local adaptation; metagenomics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microorganisms and minerals interact in a bi-directional way. Environmental physico-chemical characteristics shape microbial communities and help to select for well-adapted microorganisms. Likewise, microorganisms dissolve, transform and produce minerals, which affect metals modifying geochemical cycles, bioavailability, toxicity, and speciation. Understanding the interaction between microbes and metals is of great importance to develop new bioremediation strategies, prevent further contamination of water and soil, and to develop new biotechnological applications. This Special Issue focuses on metal–microbe interactions in natural or manmade extreme environments: alkaline, acidic, extreme temperatures, salinity, radiation, anoxia, extreme pressure, and any other environments considered extreme.

We accept manuscripts from scientists at any stage of their career, though we would like to highlight scientists at an early stage of their career in this Special Issue so as to encourage early-career researchers to submit their manuscripts.

Dr. Carmen Falagán
Dr. Mario Toubes-Rodrigo
Dr. Tomasa Sbaffi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Minerals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • extreme environments
  • extremophiles
  • metals
  • bioaccumulation
  • biotransformation
  • biomineralisation
  • bioavailability
  • minerals
  • geomicrobiology

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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