About this Research Topic
The continuous development of omics methods (genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics) has allowed the establishment of phenotype-genotype linkages, which importantly provides a better understanding of the functioning of microbial communities and the regulation of key molecules in response to environmental perturbations as well as the interactions between the different types of molecules in a systems biology context. The study of the environment through omics sciences can lead to important biotechnological applications, from the bioremediation of natural and xenobiotic compounds to the design of biosensors or the bio-based production of chemicals and materials.
This Research Topic is an attempt to provide a comprehensive and inter-disciplinary view of the state-of-the-art of the application of omics sciences with a central focus on the environment. In this issue, a broad range of topics using omics will be published. We welcome the following article types: original research papers, reviews, and short perspectives.
This Research Topic aims at fostering well-designed experiments in which omics sciences have a central role in the methodology carried out, in the context of the study of natural processes with potential biotechnological applications. Thus, topics such bioremediation of both natural (nitrates, nitrites, nitrous oxide, methane, metals) and anthropogenic compounds (plastics, nitroaromatic compounds, pesticides, dyes, persistent organic pollutants, pharmaceutical and personal care products.), the study at the molecular level of biofertilizers, the biological context which would allow the development of biosensors or those processes where the microorganisms show a special capacity to produce compounds of interest such as drugs or biofuels will be well received. In this way, a compilation of the most current information on various microbial metabolic processes with great biotechnological applicability will be obtained.
Frontiers in Microbiology is a leading open-access journal in its field where research is published after a rigorously peer-reviewed process. With a Journal Impact Factor of 5.640, a Journal Citation Indicator of 1.09 and 92,879 total citations, publishing in this Frontiers in Microbiology collection can be a great opportunity to share omics studies with potential biotechnological applications on a wide variety of environmental topics.
Frontiers in Microbiology does not consider descriptive studies that are solely based on omics techniques, unless they are accompanied by a clear hypothesis and experimentation and provide insight into the microbiological system or process being studied.
Keywords: Omic sciences, bioremediation, xenobiotics, biodiversity, systems biology, synthetic biology
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