About this Research Topic
The health of freshwater bodies is receiving worldwide attention due to the expansion of human society and an increasing number of anthropogenic stressors. Aquatic microorganisms are indicators of freshwater health and quality. Aquatic microorganisms are also important for improving water quality through elemental cycling and material transformations: both for chemical compounds such as Carbon, Nitrogen, Sulfur, Phosphorus, and Iron, as well as for instance antibiotic resistance genes. However, water quality can influence the community structure of aquatic microorganisms, which in turn influences their elemental cycling functioning. A further understanding of the role of microorganisms in the aquatic environment would enable us to better protect, sustainably manage, and restore aquatic ecosystems and improve freshwater health.
This Research Topic focuses on understanding the interplay between aquatic microorganisms and water quality by using novel data and methods to better understand the interactions between microorganisms and material transformations in the aquatic environment. This Research Topic welcomes Original Research articles, including case studies, and Review Articles that focus on water quality investigation, as well as the corresponding water treatment strategies and policy analysis. We especially welcome nature-based solutions (NBS) for improving water quality.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
· Elemental cycling in aquatic ecosystems, such as natural freshwater ecosystems and artificial water bodies
· Long term monitoring of aquatic microorganisms and water quality
· Microbial genomics in relation to water quality
· Water quality treatment in relation to microbial techniques, especially the use of nature-based solutions (NBS) for improving water quality, including actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural or modified aquatic ecosystems
· Policy analyses that conform to the use of NBS, addressing societal challenges adaptively and effectively, simultaneously providing human well-being and aquatic ecosystem benefits
· Meta-analyses on the interplay between aquatic microorganisms, water treatment techniques, and aquatic ecosystem health
Keywords: aquatic ecosystem, microorganisms, elemental cycling, water quality, water health
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