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Characterization of Environmental Microbial Communities

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Biosciences and Bioengineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2022) | Viewed by 501

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Institute of Chemistry and Bioengineering, Department of Physical Chemistry and Microreaction Technology, Technische Universität Ilmenau, 98693 Ilmenau, Germany
Interests: microfluidic synthesis of metal nanoparticles; electrical properties of nanoparticles; non-spherical and composite nanoparticles; nanoparticles in sensing and labelling
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Research Center for Applied Sciences to the safeguard of Environment and Cultural Heritage (CIABC), Department of Chemistry, University of Rome La Sapienza, P.le A. Moro 5, 00185 Room, Italy
Interests: biopolymreric nanoparticles; drug delivery; gene delivery; nanoparticles applications
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Department of Physical Chemistry and Microreaction Technology, Institute for Micro- and Nanotechnologies/Institute for Chemistry and Biotechnology, Weimarer Str. 32, D-98693 Ilmenau, Germany
Interests: microfluidic engineerung; microfluidic microbial cultivation; biotechnology engineering; droplet-based microfluidc; dose-response screening; environmental toxicology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microorganisms play a crucial role in all natural environments. Symbioses with microorganisms are responsible for the health of macroorganisms, and microorganisms are essential factors in all natural material cycles. The majority of natural bacteria was not cultivated and investigated up to now and there is nearly no knowledge about the extinction of microbial specials in nature. There is a serious lack of knowledge about the number of unknown microbial species and about their physiological and ecological importance. This situation can be improved by the development of new methods of cultivation, testing and characterization of microorganisms and their interactions using microfluidics. On the one hand, microfluidics is a valuable tool to mimic the local and partial decoupling of micro biotopes, as micropores of soil or in compartments of macroorganisms, for example. On the other hand, it allows one to conduct high numbers of cultivation and experiments in parallel and to realize efficient screenings with large numbers of test organisms and test conditions. The Special Issue, announced here, is devoted to all questions related to the cultivation of microorganisms under microfluidic conditions and to using small cultivation volumes for studying natural microorganisms and microbial communities.

Prof. Dr. Johann Michael Köhler
Dr. Cleofe Palocci
Dr. Jialan Cao
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  • microfluidics
  • micro droplets
  • micro-segmented flow
  • bacteria
  • soil
  • microorganism screening
  • environmental monitoring
  • microbial communities
  • habitat characterization
  • miniaturized cultivation

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