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Special Issue "Phage Ecology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.
Interests: bacteriophage; phage ecology; phage therapy; phage therapy pharmacology; phage history
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Ecology is the study of the interactions of organisms with their environments. This can be with environmental abiotic (non-living) components, environmental biotic (living) components, or in terms of organism distribution over space and time. We can describe these various interactions in terms of organismal ecology, physiological ecology, evolutionary ecology, behavioral ecology, population ecology, community ecology, ecosystem ecology, landscape ecology, mathematical ecology, and biogeography. Bacteriophages (phages) are the viruses of bacteria. Along with the conceptually related viruses of domain Archaea (archaeal viruses), phages generally make a living by finding and then infecting either individual cells or instead clumps of cells, the latter as making up cellular arrangements, microcolonies, and/or biofilms. Our interest is in the ecology, variously considered, of such viruses.
I have been studying phage ecology for ~30 years, with over 100 publications, most of which touch on this subject. My specific interests have been on phage adaptations and tradeoffs, the ecology of phage interactions with biofilms, and the ecology of phage use as antibacterial agents, otherwise described as phage-therapy pharmacology. I have authored, edited, or co-edited roughly 10 monographs or edited volumes including The Bacteriophages 2/e (Oxford University Press, 2006), Bacteriophage Ecology (Cambridge University Press, 2008), The ‘Nuts and Bolts’ of Phage Therapy (Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, 2010), Bacteriophages and Biofilms (Nova Science Publishers, 2011), and Viruses of Microorganisms (Caister, 2018). In addition, I founded in 1996 and continue to maintain phage.org, i.e., the Bacteriophage Ecology Group. See also abedon.phage.org as well as facebook.com/Bacteriophage-Ecology-Group-111721928901953/.
In this Special Issue we are inviting submissions on all aspects of phage ecology, from the basic to the applied, from the study of individual viruses to the viromics of environments, and everything in between. Each submission will be given a quick read and editing by myself, consisting of a pre-peer review, prior to submission for actual peer review. We look forward in these submissions to experiencing your passion and enthusiasm for the subject of phage ecology.
Prof. Stephen T. Abedon
Manuscript Submission Information
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- archaeal viruses
- growth parameters
- population dynamics
- predator-prey dynamics
- antagonistic coevolution
- trophic interactions
- carbon cycle
- environmental microbiology