Special Issue "Biological and Physiological Diversity of Microorganisms Inhabiting Indoor Anthropic Environments"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Microbial Diversity and Culture Collections".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 233

Special Issue Editors

Istituto Centrale per la Patologia degli Archivi e del Libro (ICPAL), 00184 Roma, Italy
Interests: mycology; microbiology applied to cultural heritage preservation
CNR-ISAC National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC), 00185 Roma, Italy
Interests: aerobiology; biodeterioration; cultural heritage at risk; preventive conservation of cultural heritage indoor and outdoor
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Human-built indoor spaces for living, recreational or working purposes are apparently simple environments from a biological point of view, characterized by relatively stable microclimates and the absence of rainfall. This leads to a simplification of biocenoses, which, if one excludes ornamental plants, humans and domestic animals, are limited to being composed essentially of decomposers. Nevertheless, the biodiversity inherent in this ecological category can sometimes be high and, above all, extremely variable depending on multiple factors, such as the number of inhabitants/frequenters, the different use of the spaces, different building materials, different nature of the furnishings, objects or food stock, the general outdoor climate and conditioning and heating systems eventually present.

Different environmental conditions affect the water and nutritional availability present in the indoor substrates and air which in turn strongly influence the diversity of biocenoses and the ecological interactions formed within them. Many different physiological strategies are adopted by microorganisms to fit to environments that are sometimes extreme from an ecological point of view, particularly with regard to water availability.

Knowledge of the distribution and diversity of microbial population in indoor spaces and their eco-physiological characteristics can be important for the control of healthy problems associated with the presence of certain microbial agents that under certain conditions can lead to even more serious diseases, such as infections, intoxications and allergies to the residents. Techniques for monitoring microbial diversity and their ecological roles in different indoor matrices (air, organic and inorganic surfaces) are constantly evolving and are influenced by recent advances in metagenomics, metatrascriptomics and metaproteomics.

We invite submissions of either review or original research articles to gather innovative contributions to a better understanding of indoor microbial biocenoses, their impact on human health and material degradation (including impact on cultural heritage), and the processes that lead to their diffusion in man-made indoor environments.

Dr. Matteo Montanari
Dr. Paola De Nuntiis
Guest Editors

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  • indoor environment
  • microbial ecology
  • biodiversity
  • microbiome
  • indoor air quality
  • biodeterioration
  • aerobiology
  • allergology
  • monitoring

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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