Special Issue "Antibiotics and Environment"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2020).
Interests: Antibiotic biosynthesis and Actinomycetes; antibiotic resistance; microbiome; resistome; glycopeptides; regulation
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In the last century the use of antibiotics has become routine practice in case of bacterial infections of all kinds.
60% of all antibiotics are produced by cultured microorganisms isolated from the environment, especially from the soil, and the lion’s share belongs to the Streptomyces genus. The search for new natural products generally starts from yet unexplored habitats with the aim to discover new strains and new molecules to overcome the rapidly emerging problem of antibiotic resistance.
The environment is also an obvious source of antibiotic resistance genes since antibiotic producing bacteria have the appropriate machinery to protect themselves from the action of their own products and they have evolved many sophisticated mechanisms of defense.
The use of metagenomic approaches applied to diverse environmental microbial communities has led to the identification of new strains and antibiotic molecules. Metagenomics has also contributed in parallel to the discovery of novel genes that confer resistance to diverse classes of antibiotics.
This Special Issue seeks manuscript submissions on the relationship between the environment and new antibacterial activities as well as the spread of antibacterial resistance. All submission types, such as original research manuscripts, short communications, reviews, and case reports are appreciated.
- Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Discovery of new classes of antibiotics and natural products from the environment
- Biodiversity of producer microorganisms
- Antibiotic resistance genes in both pathogenic and non-pathogenic bacteria and their mechanisms of dissemination in the environment
- Environmental DNA
Dr. Rosa Alduina
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Antibiotics is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Discovery of new classes of antibiotics and natural products from environment
- Microbial biodiversity
- Antibiotic resistance genes and mechanisms of their dissemination in environment