BioMed Research International

Microbial Diversity for Biotechnology

Publishing date
06 Sep 2013
Submission deadline
19 Apr 2013

Lead Editor

1Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management, University of Western Greece, 2 Seferi Street, 30100 Agrinio, Greece

2Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece

3Higher Institute for Biotechnology of Sidi Thabet, University of Manouba, Ariana, Tunisia

4DOE Joint Genome Institute, 2800 Mitchell Drive, Walnut Creek, CA 94598, USA

Microbial Diversity for Biotechnology


The ecology of microorganisms, the most diverse and abundant group of organisms on Earth, has entered a period of considerable importance to science in general, industry, protection of the environment, and public policy making. Environmental microbes are immensely diverse and have numerous metabolic activities and products that could have industrial applications. This treasured reservoir is largely untapped since more than 99% of environmental microbes cannot be cultured under current laboratory conditions, leaving their potential largely unexploited. Metagenomic, metatranscriptomics, and other omic technologies have been effectively applied for the characterization of the hidden microbial diversity and for obtaining novel microbial products. Understanding the unculturable fraction of Earth's microbiome is essential to understand the evolution, sustainability of life on Earth, and the development of various industrial products that have potential applications across all major industries and for the control of pests and diseases to humans, plants, and animals.

For the above reasons, we invite researchers all over the world to contribute with original articles, as well as reviews that will stimulate the continuing efforts to understand the hidden microbial diversity, to develop new technologies that can lead to potential biotechnological developments, and also for the use of microbes to suppress insect populations of environmental, agricultural, and medical importance. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Microbial ecology
  • Arid ecosystems
  • Microbial evolution
  • Bioremediation
  • Bioenergy
  • Fermentation
  • Arthropod symbionts
  • Biodiscovery, antibiotic resistance, new antibiotics
  • Omic technologies: genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, transcriptomics
  • Bioinformatics and biotechnology

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  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 260395
  • - Research Article

A Phylogenetic Analysis of Greek Isolates of Aspergillus Species Based on Morphology and Nuclear and Mitochondrial Gene Sequences

Antonios Krimitzas | Ioanna Pyrri | ... | Milton A. Typas
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 703130
  • - Research Article

Unraveling the Lipolytic Activity of Thermophilic Bacteria Isolated from a Volcanic Environment

Panagiota M. Stathopoulou | Alexander L. Savvides | ... | Dimitris G. Hatzinikolaou
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 540465
  • - Research Article

Characterization and Dynamic Behavior of Wild Yeast during Spontaneous Wine Fermentation in Steel Tanks and Amphorae

Cecilia Díaz | Ana María Molina | ... | Rainer Fischer
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 780145
  • - Review Article

Engineering Microbial Cells for the Biosynthesis of Natural Compounds of Pharmaceutical Significance

Philippe Jeandet | Yann Vasserot | ... | Eric Courot
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 640163
  • - Research Article

An Internalin A Probe-Based Genosensor for Listeria monocytogenes Detection and Differentiation

Laura Bifulco | Angela Ingianni | Raffaello Pompei
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 503805
  • - Research Article

Brazilian Cerrado Soil Actinobacteria Ecology

Monique Suela Silva | Alenir Naves Sales | ... | Rosane Freitas Schwan
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