Environmental Microbiology

A section of Microorganisms (ISSN 2076-2607).

Section Information

Microbial communities are responsible for energy and nutrient cycling and are massively involved in the planet’s sustainability. Microbes are directly involved in the dynamics of climate change by their impact on the destabilization, mineralization and sequestration of organic matter. The facets of microbial diversity consist of morphological, structural, metabolic, ecological or evolutionary diversity; however, the central question in microbial ecology—“Who eats what, where and when?”—queries how the key player in the community is to perform the most meaningful activity. To answer this, one major task is to identify the relationships between the composition of the microbial community and the functional processes.
Here, we introduce the section Environmental Microbiology. This section will be devoted to topics that remain focused on the study of microbial processes in the environment, microbial communities and microbial interactions; including the OMICS technologies and cross-disciplinary studies dedicated to basic and/or applied research. The editorial board will review all manuscripts submitted for publication in this section. However, articles which seem to be outside the scope of the subject matter listed here may be referred to another section of Microorganisms.


  • Structure and function of microbial communities
  • Microbial community genetics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics
  • Microbial interaction
  • Microbial communication
  • Microbial ecology
  • Microbial population biology
  • Biogeochemical processes (C, N, P, S-cycles)
  • Microbial life in extreme environments
  • Evolutionary processes of microbial communities
  • Biofilm formation and surfaces of microbes
  • Metabolic flux analysis and stable isotope probing (DNA, RNA and protein)
  • Microbiome biology of environmental habitats (e.g., soil, rhizosphere or aquifer)
  • Microbial treatment: microbial biodegradation, microbial bioremediation, microbial and waste recycling, microbial pesticide, microbial fertilizer, et al.
  • Microbial pollution: pathogenic microorganisms in the environment (water/soil/air/food); microbial metabolism and environmental pollution (e.g., microbial toxin), et al.
  • Microbiological monitoring: testing methods and monitoring techniques development

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