Special Issue on Fungal Ecology: Call for Papers

New Content ItemThere will be a special issue of Microbial Ecology later this year that will be devoted to the field of fungal ecology. This topic was chosen since fungi play such an important role in many aspects of the world’s eco-systems and the very existence of mankind and other creatures on planet earth. These eukaryotic organisms have enormous resilience and tolerance to a plethora of environmental insults. They break down mega tons of biological debris every year and are able to live in extreme environments. They inhabit the soil and many other niches and interact with virtually all other life forms.  Strangely,  their spores fill the air whilst at the same time they appear obscure to most of the world’s human inhabitants. They provide food, are major causes of diease, and at the same time were the first to be recognized as making life saving drugs. The end of potential discoveries for this group of organisms is by no means at an end.

The editorial board of Microbial Ecology is pleased to announce the publication of this special issue of the journal and is calling for papers dedicated to all aspects of fungi especially related to their ecology. Such topics might include studies on endophytic, mycorrhyzal, and epiphytic  fungi and their role in plant life as well as their taxonomic relationships and production of secondary products. Other topics might include the description of new fungal activities in the environment and how global weather changes may be affecting them. The discovery of novel aspects of fungi and how they interact with each other and other organisms in nature will also be of interest to the editors of this special issue. The key point for this call for papers are those pointing out original, or unique scientific observations on the biology/ecology of fungi. All fungal groups will be included as potential topics for this issue.

This series will be guest edited by Franck Carbonero and Gary Strobel. Deadline for submissions is October 20, 2020.

All papers included in this Special Issue will be made Free to Access for a three month following publication of the Special Issue.

Submit your paper here.