About this Research Topic
Sustainable development requires maintenance of healthy eco-system balances, while the needs of the mankind are met in an environmentally-friendly way. The world’s oceans are important resources that the supply of vital needs of the planet such as oxygen production, nutrient cycling and carbon sequestration. Marine environments are also providing vast resources to be utilized in biotechnological applications such as the use of marine-derived biomass and algae for biofuel production. Marine microorganisms, especially those in symbiotic association with the marine macro-organisms and those found in sediments, have been an important source of bioactive compounds and enzymes. Emerging advances in the field, such as marine metagenomics, is now bringing a broader understanding on the occurrence and functional diversity of bioactive marine microorganisms. Computer-assisted detection of genes encoding unique enzymes and biosynthetic pathways provide new insights into the marine organisms’ functioning and offer possibilities to produce novel bioactive and biotechnologically important compounds. This fascinating array of diverse compounds will immensely contribute towards the design and production of environmentally-friendly solutions to be utilized for the assurance of sustainable futures. In this Research Topic, authors are invited to submit manuscripts focused on the discovery and utilization of marine microbial enzymes and compounds for biotechnology and biodiscovery.
Keywords: Marine microorganisms, sustainable futures, marine biodiscovery, marine biotechnology, marine environments
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