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Special Issue "Environmental Changes Resulting From Biological and Chemical Pollution"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Green Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Lidia Wolska
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Guest Editor
Department of Environmental Toxicology, Faculty of Health Sciences with Institute of Maritime and Tropical Medicine, Medical University of Gdańsk, Debowa 23A, 80–204 Gdansk, Poland
Interests: environment; air quality; indoor air; odors; water quality; soil quality; marine environment; waste issues; chemical pollutants; analytical chemistry; ecotoxicology; environmental quality assessment; biological samples; impact on human health
Dr. Marta Potrykus
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Assistant Guest Editor
Department of Environmental Toxicology, Faculty of Health Sciences with Institute of Maritime and Tropical Medicine, Medical University of Gdańsk, Debowa 23A, 80–204 Gdansk, Poland
Interests: environmental microbiology; microbial air; soil, waste, and water pollution
Dr. Ewa Olkowska
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Assistant Guest Editor
Department of Environmental Toxicology, Faculty of Health Sciences with Institute of Maritime and Tropical Medicine, Medical University of Gdańsk, Debowa 23A, 80–204 Gdansk, Poland
Interests: environmental samples; chemical pollutants; analytical chemistry; environmental risk assessment; human risk assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are cordially inviting you to contribute original research papers or reviews to this Special Issue of Molecules, dedicated to the complex relationships between environmental factors and human health, taking into account the multiple pathways and interactions. The quality of the environment affects human health and plays a crucial role in the quality of life and human wellbeing.

Therefore, the study of microbiological and chemical pollution, their fate and distribution in the environment (including biota), and influence on ecosystems and humans play an important role in the understanding of the environment.

You are invited to contribute original research papers related to microbiological (virus, bacteria, fungi) and chemical (especially newly identified) pollution and their impact on the environment (including humans). Works in the field of model research on the spread/transport of pollutants, in particular biological, in the environment will be especially welcomed.

Prof. Dr. Lidia Wolska
Guest Editor

Dr. Marta Potrykus
Dr. Ewa Olkowska
Assistant 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 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.

Keywords

  • Environmental microbiology
  • Chemical pollutants
  • Microbiological pollutants
  • Quality of the environment
  • Environmental samples
  • Prediction/prognosis
  • Pollutants fate and transport
  • Waste
  • Models

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Application of Co-Culture Technology to Enhance Protease Production by Two Halophilic Bacteria, Marinirhabdus sp. and Marinobacter hydrocarbonoclasticus
Molecules 2021, 26(11), 3141; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules26113141 - 24 May 2021
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Although axenic microbial cultures form the basis of many large successful industrial biotechnologies, the production of single commercial microbial strains for use in large environmental biotechnologies such as wastewater treatment has proved less successful. This study aimed to evaluate the potential of the [...] Read more.
Although axenic microbial cultures form the basis of many large successful industrial biotechnologies, the production of single commercial microbial strains for use in large environmental biotechnologies such as wastewater treatment has proved less successful. This study aimed to evaluate the potential of the co-culture of two halophilic bacteria, Marinirhabdus sp. and Marinobacter hydrocarbonoclasticus for enhanced protease activity. The co-culture was significantly more productive than monoculture (1.6–2.0 times more growth), with Marinobacter hydrocarbonoclasticus being predominant (64%). In terms of protease activity, enhanced total activity (1.8–2.4 times) was observed in the co-culture. Importantly, protease activity in the co-culture was found to remain active over a much broader range of environmental conditions (temperature 25 °C to 60 °C, pH 4–12, and 10–30% salinity, respectively). This study confirms that the co-culturing of halophilic bacteria represents an economical approach as it resulted in both increased biomass and protease production, the latter which showed activity over arange of environmental conditions. Full article
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