Special Issue "Microorganisms in Peat Swamp Forests: Abundance, Diversity, Function, Activity"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Forest Ecology and Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 September 2023) | Viewed by 177

Special Issue Editors

Department of Soil Biology, Faculty of Soil Science, Lomonosov Moscow State University, 119991 Moscow, Russia
Interests: peatlands; microbiology; soil science; ecology
Laboratory for Study of Soil Ecological Functions, A.N. Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 119071 Moscow, Russia
Interests: mycology; ecology; soil science

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Peat swamp forests are swamps at the “forest” stage of their development. According to expert estimates, swamps and wetlands cover from 4% to 6% of the Earth’s surface. Swamps have their own role in the formation of the gas composition of the atmosphere, regulate the circulation of water, carbon and other natural components, and contribute to preserving biodiversity, including microbial biodiversity.

Peat deposit is a bank of microorganisms, representing a wide variety of groups. Even though microbial communities of various swamps have been analyzed for more than a century, there are still many questions to be answered. Particularly important are the following ones: what groups and taxa of microorganisms prevail in swamps of different genesis and what ecological functions are they able to perform?

The topic of this Special Issue is the assessment of abundance, diversity, viability, and activity of microbial complexes in the phyllosphere, rhizosphere, and litter and soils of peat swamp forests. Particular attention will be paid to studies where microbial complexes are analyzed via molecular–biological methods, as well as to the search for microorganisms with high functional and antagonistic potential.

Dr. Alla Golovchenko
Dr. Tatiana Semenova
Guest Editors

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  • peatlands
  • peat swamp forest
  • Histosols
  • microbiology
  • molecular biology
  • metagenomics
  • ecology

Published Papers

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