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One Health | Anaerobic Biological Dehalogenation | Inland Aquatic Ecosystems | Polar and Alpine Microbiology

Anaerobic Biological Dehalogenation

Thematic Issue on Anaerobic Biological Dehalogenation

Editors: Christof Holliger and Ivonne Nijenhuis

FEMS Microbiology Ecology invites submissions to a special issue on Anaerobic Biological Dehalogenation. The issue will be related to the conference "DehaloCon II - A Conference on Anaerobic Biological Dehalogenation", taking place in Leipzig, Germany, from March 26 to 29, 2017. For more information on the conference visit their website.

This thematic issue will focus on various aspects around microorganisms performing reductive dehalogenation in natural and contaminated environments, including the biochemistry of organohalide respiratory chains, the ecophysiology and ecology of organohalide-respiring bacteria (OHRB), as well as applied aspects of OHRB.

All submitted papers should be complete and adequately supported by original experimental work leading to significant advances; they should not be preliminary versions of communications to be published elsewhere. Prospective Authors for MiniReviews/Perspective/Opinion articles should contact Editors in advance.

All manuscripts will undergo regular review by members of the Editorial Board and other appropriate experts.
Submission starts immediately and authors should specify ‘Dehalocon’ in their cover letter.
The thematic issue will be published late 2017.

For instructions on submitting a manuscript please see the FEMS Microbiology Ecology journal homepage: https://academic.oup.com/femsec.


Editor contact: Ivonne Nijenhuis; ivonne.nijenhuis@ufz.de

Submission deadline: 31 May 2017

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Inland Aquatic Ecosystems

Thematic Issue on Inland Aquatic Ecosystems

Guest Editors: Hongchen Jiang (jiangh@cug.edu.cn), Yongqin Liu (yqliu@itpcas.ac.cn), Gary M. King (gkingme@gmail.com)

Inland aquatic ecosystems (e.g., lakes, ponds, wetlands, rivers, streams, reservoirs) contribute significantly to global carbon fluxes although they cover only about 1-2% of the Earth’s surface. Microbes are major regulators for element cycling (e.g., carbon, nitrogen) in these ecosystems. For example, bacteria control the conversion of organic matter mineralization through hydrolytic activities of high-molecular weight (HMW) organic matter; the resulting low-molecular weight (LMW) molecules can enter aerobic respiratory networks or can be fermented and respired in anaerobic networks, leading in some cases to metabolites (e.g., formate, acetate) that fuel methanogenesis. Fluxes of the resulting CH4 to the atmosphere are determined in part by methanotrophs. Other greenhouse gases, e.g., N2O, can be produced in sub-oxic and anoxic environments by denitrification couple to organic matter respiration. At a global scale, these activities play significant roles in greenhouse gas budgets. During the past several decades, researchers from multiple disciplines (e.g., microbiology, ecology, environmental science) have conducted extensive studies on microbial communities, their ecology, and the metabolic pathways in elemental cycling; the results have transformed our understanding of inland biogeochemical cycling. Recent developments of new technologies (high throughput next-generation sequencing, advances in omics, and integration with other disciplines, e.g., geochemistry) have led to even deeper insights.

We hereby invite authors to submit their latest research for inclusion to a thematic issue entitled Microbial communities and their roles in biogeochemical cycling in inland aquatic ecosystems, which will be published in FEMS Microbiology Ecology. All types of articles are welcome: perspectives, minireviews, research articles, commentaries. Authors should specify ' Microbial communities and their roles in biogeochemical cycling in inland aquatic ecosystems ' in their cover letter. All submitted papers will undergo independent peer-review. Upon publication, these articles will be brought into a virtual thematic issue and will be promoted by FEMS and their publisher, Oxford University Press.


Email contact: Lizi Dawes, FEMS Microbiology Ecology Editorial Office:

Submission deadline: 31 March 2017

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One Health

Joint Thematic Issue on One Health
Guest Editors:

Pathogens and Disease: Stanley Maloy (UC San Diego, USA) and Edmundo Calva (Instituto de Biotecnología UNAM, Cuernavaca, Mexico)

FEMS Microbiology Ecology: Cindy Nakatsu (Purdue Univ, USA), Julian Marchesi (Cardiff University, UK), Liping Zhao (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)

The One Health concept provides exciting opportunities to envision  novel paradigms in pathogenesis, ecology and epidemiology, particularly  of microbial infectious diseases. Hence, health issues regarding our  planet, humans and other animals are brought together with various  approaches including environmental studies, genetics and molecular  biology.This is perhaps best illustrated by infectious disease microorganisms, many of which 'evolve' in animals and/or the environment and at various times during evolution find a niche in humans. In recognition of the significance of the One Health concept, the two journals of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) that publish on the health of humans and that of their environment, Pathogens and Disease and FEMS Microbiology Ecology, are teaming up to organize a joint thematic issue on the theme of One Health.

We hereby invite authors to submit their latest research for inclusion to a thematic issue entitled One Health for Life which will be published in Pathogens and Disease and FEMS Microbiology Ecology. All types of articles are welcome: perspectives, minireviews,  research articles, commentaries, although the central idea is to share provocative thoughts in any of the formats. Authors should specify 'One Health' in their cover letter to either journal. All submitted papers will undergo independent peer-review. Upon publication of these articles, a virtual joint thematic issue will bring together articles from both titles and will be promoted by FEMS and their publisher, Oxford University Press.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 31 January 2017

Read the joint virtual issue on One Health.
Email contact: Frederique Belliard at frederique.belliard@fems-microbiology.org

Polar and Alpine Microbiology

Editors: Carsten Suhr Jacobsen, Marek Stibal, Max Häggblom

FEMS Microbiology Ecology invites submissions to a special issue on the ecology of microbes in cold environments to coincide with the Seventh International Conference on Polar and Alpine Microbiology taking place on 8-12 September 2017 in Nuuk, capital of Greenland. For more information on the conference visit pam2017.org.

This thematic issue will focus on the roles of microorganisms in the warming cryosphere. Microorganisms, representing all three domains of life, are dominant in these cold environments that span from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from high mountain-range environments to the deep ocean, and include permafrost, marine sediments, sea- and glacial ice, and snow. There is thus considerable interest in understanding the roles of microbes in the rapidly changing polar and alpine environments, their metabolic diversity and adaptations, and the ecological interactions of communities active in these habitats. High altitude and high latitude regions on Earth are experiencing rapid change. Knowledge of the distribution, biodiversity and functional roles of microorganisms inhabiting polar and alpine environments is essential to our understanding of ecosystem processes in a changing climate.

All submitted papers should be complete and adequately supported by original experimental work leading to significant advances; they should not be preliminary versions of communications to be published elsewhere. Prospective Authors for MiniReviews/Perspective/Opinion articles should contact Editors in advance. All manuscripts will undergo regular review by members of the Editorial Board and other appropriate experts.

For instructions on submitting a manuscript please see the FEMS Microbiology Ecology journal page: academic.oup.com/femsec

Editor contact: Max Häggblom haggblom@sebs.rutgers.edu

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 31 October 2017

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