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Life at the extreme

Yellowstone Park - Credit: "Jurvetson" via Flickr, under a CC-BY license.Living creatures can be found thriving in the harshest of environments - from the deepest parts of the ocean to dry arid deserts, and even in the vacuum of space.
How life evolved and adapted to survive and thrive in extreme environments is just as fascinating as finding them there in the first place. This collection of articles examines life (whether microbial or macro) in all extreme environments and how these lifeforms adapted to their environment, providing us with the evolutionary insights that may be crucial in the face of a rapidly changing climate. The specific ecophysiology of these species are key to understanding how to generate energy from non-traditional sources, and a stronger understanding of the very earliest days of life itself.

Extremophiles are specifically adapted to their particular niche environment; with many evolutionary adaptations allowing anaerobes, thermophiles and halophiles to flourish in these environments.

We cordially invite research and review papers in this new cross-journal series, looking at the mechanistic adaptation of any species which thrive in extreme environments. Submissions are welcomed to Frontiers in Zoology, Movement EcologyZoological Letters, Annals of MicrobiologyEnvironmental Microbiome, Animal Microbiome and Microbiome

This series will be edited by the main editors for each journal, and will be open for submissions until 31st December 2021. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

Submit to Animal Microbiome.

Submit to Annals of Microbiology.

Submit to Environmental Microbiome.

Submit to Frontiers in Zoology.

Submit to Microbiome.

Submit to Movement Ecology.

Submit to Zoological Letters.

  1. Disentangling the dynamics of microbial interactions within communities improves our comprehension of metacommunity assembly of microbiota during host development and under perturbations. To assess the impact ...

    Authors: Bachar Cheaib, Hamza Seghouani, Martin Llewellyn, Katherine Vandal-Lenghan, Pierre-Luc Mercier and Nicolas Derome

    Citation: Animal Microbiome 2021 3:3

    Content type: Research Article

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  2. Almost one third of Earth’s land surface is arid, with deserts alone covering more than 46 million square kilometres. Nearly 2.1 billion people inhabit deserts or drylands and these regions are also home to a ...

    Authors: Peter Osborne, Lindsay J. Hall, Noga Kronfeld-Schor, David Thybert and Wilfried Haerty

    Citation: Environmental Microbiome 2020 15:20

    Content type: Review

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  3. Deep-sea hydrothermal vents are highly productive biodiversity hotspots in the deep ocean supported by chemosynthetic microorganisms. Prominent features of these systems are sulfide chimneys emanating high-tem...

    Authors: Jialin Hou, Stefan M. Sievert, Yinzhao Wang, Jeffrey S. Seewald, Vengadesh Perumal Natarajan, Fengping Wang and Xiang Xiao

    Citation: Microbiome 2020 8:102

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  4. Recent studies have significantly expanded our knowledge of viral diversity and functions in the environment. Exploring the ecological relationships between viruses, hosts, and the environment is a crucial fir...

    Authors: Shao-Ming Gao, Axel Schippers, Nan Chen, Yang Yuan, Miao-Miao Zhang, Qi Li, Bin Liao, Wen-Sheng Shu and Li-Nan Huang

    Citation: Microbiome 2020 8:89

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  5. In a warmer world, microbial decomposition of previously frozen organic carbon (C) is one of the most likely positive climate feedbacks of permafrost regions to the atmosphere. However, mechanistic understandi...

    Authors: Xuanyu Tao, Jiajie Feng, Yunfeng Yang, Gangsheng Wang, Renmao Tian, Fenliang Fan, Daliang Ning, Colin T. Bates, Lauren Hale, Mengting M. Yuan, Linwei Wu, Qun Gao, Jiesi Lei, Edward A. G. Schuur, Julian Yu, Rosvel Bracho…

    Citation: Microbiome 2020 8:84

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  6. Marine Group I (MGI) Thaumarchaeota, which play key roles in the global biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen and carbon (ammonia oxidizers), thrive in the aphotic deep sea with massive populations. Recent studies h...

    Authors: Haohui Zhong, Laura Lehtovirta-Morley, Jiwen Liu, Yanfen Zheng, Heyu Lin, Delei Song, Jonathan D. Todd, Jiwei Tian and Xiao-Hua Zhang

    Citation: Microbiome 2020 8:78

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  7. Spaceflight impacts astronauts in many ways but little is known on how spaceflight affects the salivary microbiome and the consequences of these changes on astronaut health, such as viral reactivation. In orde...

    Authors: Camilla Urbaniak, Hernan Lorenzi, James Thissen, Crystal Jaing, Brian Crucian, Clarence Sams, Duane Pierson, Kasthuri Venkateswaran and Satish Mehta

    Citation: Microbiome 2020 8:56

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  8. Resident soil microbiota play key roles in sustaining the core ecosystem processes of terrestrial Antarctica, often involving unique taxa with novel functional traits. However, the full scope of biodiversity a...

    Authors: Eden Zhang, Loïc M. Thibaut, Aleks Terauds, Mark Raven, Mark M. Tanaka, Josie van Dorst, Sin Yin Wong, Sally Crane and Belinda C. Ferrari

    Citation: Microbiome 2020 8:37

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  9. Apicomplexans are the causative agents of major human diseases such as malaria and toxoplasmosis. A novel group of apicomplexans, recently named corallicolids, have been detected in corals inhabiting tropical ...

    Authors: Samuel A. Vohsen, Kaitlin E. Anderson, Andrea M. Gade, Harald R. Gruber-Vodicka, Richard P. Dannenberg, Eslam O. Osman, Nicole Dubilier, Charles R. Fisher and Iliana B. Baums

    Citation: Microbiome 2020 8:34

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  10. It is well-known that global warming has effects on high-latitude tundra underlain with permafrost. This leads to a severe concern that decomposition of soil organic carbon (SOC) previously stored in this regi...

    Authors: Jiajie Feng, Cong Wang, Jiesi Lei, Yunfeng Yang, Qingyun Yan, Xishu Zhou, Xuanyu Tao, Daliang Ning, Mengting M. Yuan, Yujia Qin, Zhou J. Shi, Xue Guo, Zhili He, Joy D. Van Nostrand, Liyou Wu, Rosvel G. Bracho-Garillo…

    Citation: Microbiome 2020 8:3

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  11. Climate models predict substantial changes in temperature and precipitation patterns across Arctic regions, including increased winter precipitation as snow in the near future. Soil microorganisms are consider...

    Authors: Jana Voříšková, Bo Elberling and Anders Priemé

    Citation: Environmental Microbiome 2019 14:6

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Sulfate reduction is an important biogeochemical process in the ecosphere; however, the major taxa of sulfate reducers have not been fully identified. Here, we used epicPCR (Emulsion, Paired Isolation, and Con...

    Authors: Huayu Qin, Shang Wang, Kai Feng, Zhili He, Marko P. J. Virta, Weiguo Hou, Hailiang Dong and Ye Deng

    Citation: Microbiome 2019 7:71

    Content type: Research

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