Special Issue "Microbial Natural Products"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2020.
Interests: evolution of metabolic diversity; bacterial genome dynamics and niche adaptation; enzyme evolution; genome-mining tools
Section Board Member
Interests: industrial genomics; microbial physiology; actinobacteria; natural products; microbial natural products; genome mining; industrial microbiology
Assistant Guest Editor
Interests: comparative genomics, host–microbe interactions, novel antibiotics, biotechnological applications
The microbes and the metabolites that they produce have the potential to improve the world in which we live. In particular, the evolution of microbes in various and sometimes extreme environments leads to the apparition of novel functionalities and survival strategies. Natural products discovery has provided the majority of the drugs used in clinics and a large proportion of current industrial enzymes and antibacterials. Natural products, also referred to as secondary or specialized metabolites of bacteria and fungi, are enormously diverse. For instance, it is estimated that only 1% of the diversity inherent to endophytes has so far been explored. In light of the necessity for novel antibiotics, due to a worldwide increase in bacterial resistance, as well as a need for sustainable industrial applications, there remains a strong call for microbial natural products discovery and design. This Special Issue aims to identify and review the latest bioactive compounds that have been discovered and explore the evolutionary driving forces behind the diversification of natural products, as well as their medical, pharmacological, and industrial applications.Dr. Francisco (Paco) Barona-Gomez
Dr. Cuauhtemoc Licona-Cassani
Dr. Corina Diana Ceapă
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 papers will be 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. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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.
- Novel Actinobacteria
- Secondary metabolites
- Protein evolution
- Microbial natural products discovery