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Call for Papers

Climate Changes and MicrobiologyThe Genus Psuedomonas | Microbial Carbon Dioxide Fixation in BiotechnologyHelicobacter | Escherichia coli |  

Thematic Issue on Climate Changes and Microbiology

Editor: Jean-Claude Piffaretti, Interlifescience, Switzerland (piffaretti@interlifescience.ch)

Co-Editors: Jan C. Semenza, ECDC, Sweden; Bernhard Schink, University of Konstanz, Germany

It has now been widely recognized that our planet is warming, leading to changes in both local and global climate. Naturally, there are also implications for the microbial biosphere with modifications of current equilibria both at the environmental and human/animal health level. For instance, biogeochemical carbon and nitrogen cycles may be altered, driving unexpected developments in the flow of organic matters. An increase in sea surface temperature or a modification of salt composition may result in a proliferation of microbial pathogens in marine environments. Raising temperatures may also result in an expansion of vector-borne diseases over areas previously unaffected.

In order to review the issue of the impact of global warming on microorganisms and the wide implications, FEMS Microbiology Letters welcomes submissions for a Thematic Issue on Climate Change and Microbiology.

The issue will cover all aspects of:

Climate change and environment
  • Soil and carbon/nitrogen cycles
  • Aquatic ecosystems
  • Bioremediation
  • Ocean microorganisms
Climate change and health
  • Climate change and infectious diseases:
    • Vector-borne diseases
    • Food and water-borne diseases
    • Parasitic and fungal diseases
  • Food safety
  • Migrations and infectious diseases

We are particularly keen to encourage submissions of Mini Reviews as well as short manuscripts (i.e. Research Letters). All submitted papers will be subject to our standard peer-review process. Authors should specify "Climate changes and microbiology" in their cover letter. Please get in touch with Jean-Claude Piffaretti if you would like to submit a contribution. For instructions for authors please see the FEMS Microbiology Letters journal page.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Submissions by 10th May 2017 will be considered for inclusion in an early online issue which will be published in Autumn 2017.

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Thematic Issue on The Genus Pseudomonas

Editor: Professor Craig Winstanley c.winstanley@liverpool.ac.uk

The genus Pseudomonas includes not only the important human pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, but also a range of other important species with relevance to plant pathogenicity, bioremediation and environmental microbiology. It is also a group of organisms used widely for the study of host-pathogen interactions, cell-cell communication systems, evolutionary biology, gene regulation and metabolic networks, secretion systems, antibiotics (and resistance), bioremediation, biofilms, bacterial genomics and other topics of broader relevance to Microbiology and Molecular Biology generally.

To coincide with the 16th International Conference on Pseudomonas (Liverpool, UK; 5th – 9th September 2017), FEMS Microbiology Letters welcomes submissions for a Thematic Issue on Pseudomonas.

The issue will cover all aspects of:

  • Mechanisms (Signalling, Systems and Synthetic Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution and Environment
  • Infections and Host-Pathogen Interactions
  • Antibiotics and Biofilms

We are particularly keen to encourage submissions of MiniReviews. All submitted papers will be subject to our standard peer-review process. Authors should specify “Pseudomonas2017” in their cover letter. Please get in touch with Professor Craig Winstanley if you would like to submit a contribution. For instructions for authors please see the FEMS Microbiology Letters journal page.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Submissions by 31st March 2017 will be considered for inclusion in an early online version that will be publicised and available at the Pseudomonas2017 conference.

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Thematic Issue on Microbial Carbon Dioxide Fixation in Biotechnology

Editors: Paola Branduardi, paola.branduardi@unimib.it; Michael Sauer, michael.sauer@boku.ac.at

FEMS Microbiology Letters invites submissions for a thematic issue on Microbial Carbon Dioxide Fixation in Biotechnology.

Human activities have largely contributed to the accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere, which reached 400 ppm in 2016. It is widely recognised that this gas is contributing to the greenhouse effect, fuelling efforts to utilize it as renewable carbon source.

Consolidating concepts of third generation biorefineries are currently being presented. They offer promising scenarios where microbial CO2 utilization can overcome the dogma that plant biomass is the only renewable carbon feedstock. Furthermore, its upgrading into organic molecules of interest can reduce not only the greenhouse effect, but also the pressure on biomass and land use, substantially.

This thematic issue will cover different aspects of microbial carbon dioxide fixation, including not only photoautotrophic organisms, but also photolithoautotrophy, chemolithoautotrophy, and mixotrophy. Furthermore, also novel concepts such as bioelectrochemical systems and synthetic biology approaches to newly create autotrophic microorganisms shall be covered. Contributions will also include biogeochemical consideration on the actual CO2 sources, abundance, and distribution, as well as economical assessment of the feasibility of current and future solutions. Interesting gas sources are flue gas, syngas, or CO2 from ethanol fermentation plants to name a few.

All submitted papers should be complete and adequately supported by original
experimental work leading to significant advances in line with the journal’s usual
scope and policies – they should not be preliminary versions of studies to be
published elsewhere in complete form at a later date. Prospective authors for Mini
Reviews or Commentaries must contact the issue’s Editor in advance. All submitted
manuscripts will be subjected to the usual scrutiny and expert peer review.
Authors should specify ‘Fixation2017’ in the cover letter.

For instructions on submitting a manuscript please
see the FEMS Microbiology Letters journal page:
www.femsle.oxfordjournals.org
Editor contact: Paola Branduardi, Michael Sauer
paola.branduardi@unimib.it; michael.sauer@boku.ac.at

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 31 MAY 2017

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