Special Issue "Astrobiology and Microorganisms: Life to the Extreme, on Earth and Beyond"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021).
Interests: biochemistry; microorganisms in extreme conditions; planetary field analogues
Astrobiology is the multidisciplinary approach to the investigation of origin, development, and future of life in the Universe. Many studies in Astrobiology point at microorganisms, both prokaryotic and eukaryotic, since they are likely to have been the first forms of life on Earth; moreover, most of them have adapted to living in extreme environments that are considered as “planetary field analogues”, i.e., sites whose chemical and physical conditions partly resemble those of other planetary bodies in the Solar System.
The study of microorganisms represents a powerful tool to answer some key questions in Astrobiology, spanning from the identification of life forms that could adapt to living in space and potentially colonizing other planets, to the prevention of the planetary contamination that can occur as a consequence of space missions.
Papers dealing with the identification of new microbial life forms from extreme environments that can be considered as planetary field analogues, the investigation of the response of microorganisms to real or simulated space conditions, the study of the strategies and mechanisms by which microorganisms survive to extreme conditions resembling those of space and/or exoplanets, and the search for tools to prevent contamination of spacecraft assembly facilities will be considered for this Special Issue.
Prof. Paola Di Donato
Manuscript Submission Information
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- new microbial life forms
- microorganisms in extreme conditions