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Special Issue "Genetic Structure and Phylogeny of Environmental Bacterial Population"

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Molecular Microbiology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Izabela Swiecicka
Guest Editor
Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology, Faculty of Biology, University of Białystok, 1J Ciołkowski, 15-245 Białystok, Poland
Interests: mikrobiologia
Dr. Krzysztof Fiedoruk
Guest Editor
Department of Medical Microbiology and Nanobiomedical Engineering, Medical University of Bialystok, 15-222 Bialystok, Poland
Interests: phylogeny; pangenome; adaptation; bacteriophages; mobilome; antimicrobial resistance; antibiotics; nanosystems; whole-genome sequencing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The recent advances in whole-genome sequencing, metagenomics, proteomics and metabolomics along with the development of a plethora of bioinformatic databases and tools has opened up opportunities to study the population genetics and phylogeny of environmental microorganisms on an unprecedented scale. A comprehensive view of microbial ecosystems from metagenomic, pangenomic, mobilomic, methylomic, epigenomic, virulomic and resistomic data not only ensures a relatively unbiased analysis of their composition and dynamics, but also provides a more holistic view of the evolutionary mechanisms, such as horizontal gene transfer, recombination, single nucleotide polymorphisms, etc., responsible for microbial ecological adaptation and divergence. Furthermore, the ongoing Earth microbiome project (EMP) has laid solid foundations for microbial biogeography, a domain reserved, until very recently, for plants and animals, hence moving environmental microbiology into a new era. Nevertheless, we are still learning how to decipher and translate the omics data into processes shaping microbial species and populations, and many issues remain unresolved—for instance, to what extent the omics data may predict ecological preferences or interactions between various species; which aspects of a microbial pangenome are determined by environmental factors and/or the phylogenetic background; or more fundamental issues, e.g., why certain microorganisms exist in evolutionarily coherent groups despite intensive gene exchange. This Special Issue intends to present state-of-the-art research in the area of the phylogeny and population genetics of environmental microorganisms, discussing data from field studies, and introducing new bioinformatic tools and/or databases as well as summarizing the existing knowledge.

Prof. Dr. Izabela Swiecicka
Dr. Krzysztof Fiedoruk
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • phylogeny
  • population genetics
  • pangenome
  • metagenome
  • mobilome
  • microbiome
  • environmental microbiology

Published Papers

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