Ramon Massana, SINGEK coordinator and supervisor of ESR1, will be Special Editor in the Limnology & Oceanography Special Issue entitled “Linking metagenomics to aquatic microbial ecology and biogeochemical cycles” and jointly edited by Special Editors Hans-Peter Grossart (Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries), Katherine McMahon (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and David Walsh (Concordia University, Canada).
The emphasis of the 2020 Special Issue for Limnology and Oceanography will be on the use of metagenomics to increase our understanding of aquatic microbiology and ecosystem functioning. A general aim of microbial ecology is to observe, understand, and predict the distribution and interactions of microorganisms in the context of environmental conditions. Taxonomic profiling of different microbial communities often reveals significant but unexplained variations across aquatic environments both in space and time. Functional differences among organisms are often invoked as an explanation; and variation in gene content (assessed by metagenomics) often reveals dynamic relationships between metabolic pathways and environmental conditions, the strength of which typically depends on the magnitude of the environmental change between communities. However, a major challenge in microbial ecology remains. Many taxa that appear functionally redundant at the metabolic pathway level show significant variation across environments with different ecological features. Possible explanations include dispersal limitation, biotic interactions, and rapid adaptation to environmental conditions that are not easily predictable based on gene content alone. The special issue will explore recent advances and current limitations about how large-scale meta-omics analyses can be integrated into biogeochemical and eco-evolutionary frameworks to better predict taxonomic and functional diversity patterns across aquatic ecosystems from lakes and rivers to oceans and from viruses and microbes to protists. Reviews, meta-analyses, and perspectives are welcome in addition to standard manuscripts that use primary data.
Submissions from all interested researchers who work in this area are welcome!!
The deadline for manuscript submission is January 28, 2019. Manuscripts may be submitted earlier, and accepted papers will be published online upon acceptance with a print issue expected in January 2020. Articles should be submitted through ScholarOne at the Wiley Limnology & Oceanography website: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/lo. Please identify your submission for consideration in the “metagenomics” issue.
For more information: https://aslo.org/blog/2020-l&o-special-issue