BioMed Research International

BIODESERT: Exploring and Exploiting the Microbial Resource of Hot and Cold Deserts


Publishing date
19 Sep 2014
Status
Published
Submission deadline
02 May 2014

Lead Editor

1Biotechnology and Bio-Geo Resources Valorization (LR11-ES31), Higher Institute for Biotechnology, University of Manouba, BiotechPole Sidi Thabet, Ariana, Tunisia

2Department of Food, Environmental and Nutritional Sciences (DeFENS), University of Milan, Milan, Italy

3Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management, University of Patras, Agrinio, Greece

4Bioresources Unit, Health 8 Environment Department, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Tulln, Austria


BIODESERT: Exploring and Exploiting the Microbial Resource of Hot and Cold Deserts

Description

Despite the general awareness of extremophilic microorganisms, deserts are generally thought as lifeless and inhospitable ecosystems. An amazing microbial diversity and a huge biotechnological potential were, however, unraveled during the last decade. Hot and cold deserts were shown to host peculiar microbial communities able to cope with hostile environment and/or rapidly adapt to changing conditions. This adaptation is inferred to particular community structure behavior and specific metabolic capacities allowing cells to overcome water stress, fluctuating temperature and high salinity. Hence, such microbes could constitute a source of novel metabolites, biomolecules, and enzymes potentially useful for environmental biotechnologies. With the global climate change, the creeping desertification, and the growing food demands, desert microorganisms could hold the key for future applications into soil bioreclamation and plant growth promotion for vulnerable regions across the world.

This special issue will mainly focus on exploring and exploiting the microbial resource of hot and cold deserts. Research and review manuscripts on the microbial diversity and community structure behavior in desert environments, identification of novel extremophiles, soil degradation, soil bioreclamation and reverse desertification, mechanism of adaptation, and application of plant growth promoting microbes are welcome. Also, manuscripts reporting plant-microbes interaction under extreme or changing conditions are of great interest. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Microbiology of hot and cold deserts
  • Effects of temperature, water scarcity, drought, saline, and osmotic stresses on microbial communities in arid soils
  • Microbiology of cryosphere
  • Microbiology of lithosphere
  • Endolithic microorganisms
  • Primary colonization
  • Microbes in the biological soil crusts
  • Role of microbes in desertification and reverse desertification
  • Biotechnological potential of desert microorganisms
  • Plant growth promoting microorganisms and drought/osmotic stress
  • Desert rhizosphere symbiont bacteria
  • Methods to study desert microbial communities (metagenomics)

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Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 289457
  • - Editorial

BIODESERT: Exploring and Exploiting the Microbial Resource of Hot and Cold Deserts

Ameur Cherif | George Tsiamis | ... | Sara Borin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 153851
  • - Research Article

The Date Palm Tree Rhizosphere Is a Niche for Plant Growth Promoting Bacteria in the Oasis Ecosystem

Raoudha Ferjani | Ramona Marasco | ... | Hadda-Imene Ouzari
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 296472
  • - Research Article

Pentachlorophenol Degradation by Janibacter sp., a New Actinobacterium Isolated from Saline Sediment of Arid Land

Amel Khessairi | Imene Fhoula | ... | Hadda Ouzari
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 909312
  • - Review Article

Biotechnological Applications Derived from Microorganisms of the Atacama Desert

Armando Azua-Bustos | Carlos González-Silva
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 439197
  • - Research Article

Diversity and Enzymatic Profiling of Halotolerant Micromycetes from Sebkha El Melah, a Saharan Salt Flat in Southern Tunisia

Atef Jaouani | Mohamed Neifar | ... | Maher Gtari
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 914767
  • - Research Article

Geodermatophilus poikilotrophi sp. nov.: A Multitolerant Actinomycete Isolated from Dolomitic Marble

Maria del Carmen Montero-Calasanz | Benjamin Hofner | ... | Hans-Peter Klenk
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 480170
  • - Research Article

Safe-Site Effects on Rhizosphere Bacterial Communities in a High-Altitude Alpine Environment

Sonia Ciccazzo | Alfonso Esposito | ... | Lorenzo Brusetti
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 568549
  • - Research Article

Contrasted Reactivity to Oxygen Tensions in Frankia sp. Strain CcI3 throughout Nitrogen Fixation and Assimilation

Faten Ghodhbane-Gtari | Karima Hezbri | ... | Louis S. Tisa
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 317524
  • - Research Article

Screening for Genes Coding for Putative Antitumor Compounds, Antimicrobial and Enzymatic Activities from Haloalkalitolerant and Haloalkaliphilic Bacteria Strains of Algerian Sahara Soils

Okba Selama | Gregory C. A. Amos | ... | Hocine Hacène
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2014
  • - Article ID 924235
  • - Research Article

Absence of Cospeciation between the Uncultured Frankia Microsymbionts and the Disjunct Actinorhizal Coriaria Species

Imen Nouioui | Faten Ghodhbane-Gtari | ... | Maher Gtari
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