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Interactions Between Microbes, Minerals, and Molecules Across Scales and Time. link


Keywords: mineral nucleation, mineral precipitation, microbe, crystal growth, biofilms, biogeochemistry, DNA, RNA


The aim of the Research Topic is to highlight new advances in our understanding of mineral-microbe-molecule interactions and how characterization at the molecular- to nanometer-level can provide inferences on tracing past and current biota as well as understanding and potentially manipulating contemporary geomicrobiological processes in pristine, contaminated, and engineered environments. The field of geomicrobiology has long embraced inter- and trans-disciplinary research approaches to tackle difficult problems, and we hope to feature such novel strategies in this research topic.


Mineralized cell. Image credit: Jeremiah Paul Shuster

The aim of the Research Topic is to highlight new advances in our understanding of mineral-microbe-molecule interactions and how characterization at the molecular- to nanometer-level can provide inferences on tracing past and current biota as well as understanding and potentially manipulating contemporary geomicrobiological processes in pristine, contaminated, and engineered environments. The field of geomicrobiology has long embraced inter- and trans-disciplinary research approaches to tackle difficult problems, and we hope to feature such novel strategies in this research topic.

Suggestions for contributions include (but are not limited to): • The role of organic materials in mineral nucleation as well as dissolution processes; • The influence of minerals on the chemical and structural preservation of molecules, microbial cells and biofilms; • Microbe-mineral and microbe-metal electron transfer processes; • Nucleic acid-mineral interactions and DNA and RNA preservation; and • Microbial manipulation of mineral formation for engineering applications. We encourage submissions on field- or laboratory-based, and modelling studies involving the research frontiers of microbe, mineral and molecule interactions, particularly developments in the combined use of molecular microbiology, bioinformatics, nano- to macro-scale modelling techniques, or high-resolution microscopy and spectroscopy techniques.


Editorial team:

Andrew C Mitchell, University of Aberystwyth

Maria Dittrich, University of Toronto Scarborough

Kevin Rosso, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Jeremiah Paul Shuster, University of Adelaide

Karina K. Sand, University of Copenhagen


ABSTRACT DEADLINE 26th OF MARCH 2021




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