Research Topic

Recent Advances in Geomicrobiology of the Ocean Crust

About this Research Topic

Oceanic crust is one of the largest potential habitats for life on earth, with implications for global biogeochemical cycles. However, our understanding of the microbiology of this system has traditionally been limited by sample availability and quality. Over the last five years, several major international ...

Oceanic crust is one of the largest potential habitats for life on earth, with implications for global biogeochemical cycles. However, our understanding of the microbiology of this system has traditionally been limited by sample availability and quality. Over the last five years, several major international programs focused on understanding life in oceanic crust were initiated. In addition, there have been many field and laboratory programs focused on understanding hydrothermal vent systems, which are an expression of fluids altered in the subeafloor crust, as well as in continental exposures of seafloor crust, including ophiolites and ore bodies. This research topic brings together recent discoveries of the microbial presence, diversity and activity in these environments, with analysis of the implications for global systems. Specifically, this research topic will address genetic strategies for survival in these diverse, extreme habitats; rates of metabolic and alteration processes; the impact of crustal life on global carbon cycles; and constraints on the magnitude of biomass in subsurface oceanic crust. Articles in the research topic are in tribute to the late Katrina J. Edwards, who was a pioneer in diverse aspects of exploring life in oceanic crust.


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.

Recent Articles

Loading..

About Frontiers Research Topics

With their unique mixes of varied contributions from Original Research to Review Articles, Research Topics unify the most influential researchers, the latest key findings and historical advances in a hot research area! Find out more on how to host your own Frontiers Research Topic or contribute to one as an author.

Topic Editors

Loading..

Submission Deadlines

Submission closed.

Participating Journals

Loading..

Topic Editors

Loading..

Submission Deadlines

Submission closed.

Participating Journals

Loading..
Loading..

total views article views article downloads topic views

}
 
Top countries
Top referring sites
Loading..

Comments

Loading..

Add a comment

Add comment
Back to top