About this Research Topic
This Research Topic aims at opening an integrative space of discussion focusing on questions and applications contextualized in the southern hemisphere to promote the visualization and understanding of heterogeneous ecosystems and their microbiome functioning and interaction.
We are seeking for studies and opinions reporting, but not limited to:
1) baseline of underexplored southern ecosystems (or its comparison with northern counterparts);
2) the functional role of microorganisms with different lifestyles (e.g., free-living, particle-living or symbionts, epibiotics, infection among other interactions) in changing environments considering natural and anthropogenic stressors as driving factors;
3) the influence of environmental factors as drivers of diversity, composition and distribution of microorganisms and interactions in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems;
4) integrative visions for understanding the contribution of microbial processes having a global impact, such as nutrients, pollutants and greenhouse gases recycling.
5) viral ecology - ecological interactions associated with viral regulation as top-down controllers and viral-host systems
6) microbial ecology of biological invasions including not only microbial invasors, but also the effect of other invasive organisms on local microbial communities.
This Research Topic welcomes the submission of all article types accepted in Frontiers in Microbiology including original research, reviews, methods or perspectives encouraging integrative approaches contextualized in the diversity of ecosystems from the southern hemisphere. In particular, we are seeking for articles using multidisciplinary approaches to study microbial communities in the natural environment contributing to the understanding of different ecosystems functioning, complementing the use of omics techniques with other microbial, biogeochemical and environment characterization efforts.
Keywords: Microbial interactions, Microbial diversity, Biogeochemical cycles, Aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, Archaea, Bacteria, Virus, microeukaryotes, metacommunities, ecotoxicology, bioremediation, microbiota, metagenomics
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.