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Engineering Microbiomes for Green Technologies

Edited by:
Vijai Kumar GuptaCenter for Safe and Improved Food, & Biorefining and Advanced Materials Research Center, Scotland's Rural College, UK
Jack A. GilbertScripps Institution of Oceanography, SIO Biology Section Head, University of California San Diego, USA
Meisam TabatabaeiHigher Institution Centre of Excellence, Institute of Tropical Aquaculture and Fisheries, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia

Submission Opens: 1st June 2023   |   Submission Deadline: 31st January 2024


Environmental Microbiome, Microbiome,  Biotechnology for Biofuels and BioproductsFungal Biology and Biotechnology and Microbial Cell Factories are calling for submissions to our Collection on 'Engineering Microbiomes for Green Technologies.'  We invite Research, Review, Correspondence, Methodology, and Brief report papers in this new cross-journal series, looking at the microbiome engineering-based innovations in biomanufacturing.

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Environmental Microbiome

Microbiome

Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts

Fungal Biology and Biotechnology

Microbial Cell Factories 

About the collection

Environmental Microbiome, Microbiome,  Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts, Fungal Biology and Biotechnology and Microbial Cell Factories are calling for submissions to our Collection on 'Engineering Microbiomes for Green Technologies.' 

The association of microbial communities with their surrounding environments directly or indirectly influences the biosynthesis of metabolites by regulating metabolic pathways. Functional core microbiomes (FCM) are emerging as novel microbial tools to accelerate the production of biomolecules and bioproducts, with a huge demand for agri-food-energy and environmental sectors. Owing to the complexity of the microbiome's interactions with its respective environment and the large diversity of microbes still remaining poorly described, the precise engineering of FCMs for producing bioproducts will need planned and collective efforts.

On a different front, contaminants seriously impact human health and the sustainability of the environment. Similarly, emerging microbiomes can also be an effective, low-cost and eco-friendly approach for developing biotechnological solutions in this context. Implementation of engineered microbiomes and metagenomics are regarded as advanced solutions for their applications in greener technologies and waste management at lower costs and energy use and in a more environmentally responsible way. The engineering of microbiomes can be utilized to alter the microbiota's structural components and restore ecological equilibrium. Given the above, more advanced technologies and reliable strategies must be developed in this domain. 

The application of microfluidics, synthetic biology, genome editing, machine learning, and big data processing to carry out more complex FCM screening will not only increase our capability in developing FCM(s)-based innovative bioformulations but will also improve specific bioproducts production, particularly the ones which are synthesized in minute quantities. Active collaborations among agriculturists, chemists, engineers, microbiologists, and data analysts are needed to identify/isolate FCMs, develop large data sets from screening platforms, and increase biomics-editing abilities. Engineered FCM can be used to develop renewable biofuels, biochemicals, and therapeutics.  

In light of the above, this Collection on Engineering Microbiomes for Green Technologies will cover recent advancements in the understanding of evolution of microbiome consortia, the latest signature microbiome-based development, and biotechnological solutions for sustainable environmental management and bioproduction systems in the wake of emerging challenges, including climate change. The significance and present use of microbiome engineering will be the key focus, especially on how it affects agriculture, the environment, and human health. This collection also covers the difficulties in engineering microbiomes and their prospective applications. We invite Research, Review, Correspondence, Methodology, and Brief report papers in this new cross-journal series, looking at the microbiome engineering-based innovations in biomanufacturing. Submissions are welcomed to Environmental Microbiome, Microbiome, Fungal Biology and BiotechnologyBiotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts, and Microbial Cell Factories.


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This Collection welcomes submission of Research Article, Review, Correspondence, Methodology, and Brief report papers. Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read the submission guidelines of the journal you are submitting to Environmental Microbiome, Microbiome,  Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts, Fungal Biology and Biotechnology and Microbial Cell FactoriesArticles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp Environmental Microbiome, Microbiome,  Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts, Fungal Biology and Biotechnology and Microbial Cell FactoriesDuring the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select "Engineering Microbiomes for Green Technologies" from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the standard peer-review process of the journal they are considered in Environmental Microbiome, Microbiome,  Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts, Fungal Biology and Biotechnology and Microbial Cell Factories and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Guest Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Guest Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.