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Microbial Ecology

Microbial Ecology

Editor: Karen E. Nelson

ISSN: 0095-3628 (print version)
ISSN: 1432-184X (electronic version)

Journal no. 248

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Karen E. Nelson
J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI)
9605 Medical Center Drive
Rockville, MD 20850, USA

Editorial Board:

A. Elizabeth Arnold, School of Plant Sciences, The University of Arizona, Tuscon, AZ, USA

Lars Bakken, Agricultural Univerity of Norway, Dept. of Soil & Water Sciences, Aas, Norway

Franck Carbonero, Department of Food Science, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72704

Marcus Claesson, School of Microbiology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland

Bhabatosh Das, Centre for Human Microbial Ecology, Translational Health Science and Technology Institute, Faridabad, India  

Robert Findlay, Department of Microbiology, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

Hannu Fritze, Vantaa Research Centre, Finnish Forest Research Institute, Vantaa, Finland

D. Jay Grimes, The University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, Ocean Springs, MS, USA

Akira Hiraishi, Dept. of Ecological Engineering, Toyohashi University of Technology, Toyohashi, Japan

Manfred Höfle, GBF, National Research Center for Biotechnology, Braunschweig, German

Hojeong Kang, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea

Thomas Kieft, Department of Biology, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM, USA

Allan Konopka, Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA

Michael Lemke, Biology Department, University of Illinois, Springfield, Springfield, IL, USA

Steven Lindow, Department of Plant and Microbial Ecology, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA

Wen-Tso Liu, Department of Civil Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore

Yahai Lu, College of Resources and Environmental Sciences, China Agricultural University, Beijing, China

Rod Mackie, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL, USA

Ralph Mitchell, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Yvan Moenne-Loccoz, Center For Microbial Ecology, University of Lyon, Villeurbanne, France

Gerard Muyzer, Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Toshi Nagata, Center for Ecological Research, Kyoto University, Otsu, Japan

Andrew Ogram, Department of Soil and Water Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

Hans W. Paerl, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Morehead City, NC, USA

Jim Prosser, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Marischal College, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Kevin J. Purdy, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, Coventry, United Kingdom

Michael Schloter, Research Unit Environmental Genomics, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Munich, Germany

Hauke Smidt, Laboratory of Microbiology, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Gary Strobel, Department of Plant Sciences, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, USA

Fabiano Lopes Thompson, Cidade Universitaria, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Jan Roelof Van Der Meer, Department of Fundamental Microbiology, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

Jorge Vivanco, Center for Rhizosphere Biology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Kimberley Warren-Rhodes, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Founding Editor:

Ralph Mitchell

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    Over recent years, the journal Microbial Ecology has been revamped to provide an international forum for the presentation of high-quality scientific investigations into microbial ecology, and how microorganisms interact with their biotic and abiotic environments, with each other as well as with their neighbors and hosts. The journal presents high quality peer reviewed manuscripts in multiple formats inclusive of full-length manuscripts, commentaries and notes. Brief reviews and topical position papers are also encouraged. The journal has a rapid average turn around rate of 6 weeks.


    Microbial Ecology accepts shorter contributions in the forms of NOTES. A Note should be continuous text with a length of no more than 1200 words. There should be no more than three figures or tables with brief legends. Methods should be included as well as references.

    Journal coverage includes the ecology of microorganisms in natural and engineered environments; genomic, metagenomic and molecular advances in understanding of microbial interactions and phylogeny; microbial drivers of biogeochemical processes; inter- and intraspecific microbial communication; ecological studies of animal, plant and insect microbiology and disease; microbial processes and interactions in extreme or unusual environments; microbial population and community ecology, and more. Technological advances that allow us to increase our understanding of microbial diversity and interactions are also welcome.

    Other topics that are covered in our journal include.

    1. Pathogens in the environment

    2. Key players in the carbon cycle and aquatic ecosystems

    3. Phage plasmids and mobile elements in ecology

    4. Biofilms

    5. Soil-microbe interactions

    6. Technology developments to study microbial ecology

    7. Host microbe interactions

    8. Aquatic Microbiology

    9. Genes and Genomes

    10. Microbial Evolution

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