Special Issue "Yeasts in Soils"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2020).
Yeasts inhabit soils worldwide, from tropics to polar regions and from top horizons up to two meters deep. They have been repeatedly isolated from extreme acid, alkaline, cold (cryogenic), and purely drained (hydromorphic) soils. Recent studies have shown an extraordinary high taxonomic diversity of yeasts in soils, including large numbers of potential new species and genera.
Yeasts have been traditionally viewed as free-living unicellular fast-growing saprobes. However, current knowledge points to the large diversity of lifestyles among soils yeasts. Yeasts engage in close relationships with plants, animals, and other microorganisms as mutualists, antagonists, parasites, and prey. In the soil, these microscopic fungi are involved in nutrient cycling, including the decomposition and dissemination of organic matter. Their role in the soil ecosystem is not limited to the consumption and transformation of simple sugars. Many soil-borne yeasts are polytrophic species that are able grow on diverse carbon and nitrogen sources.
Several soil yeasts have been tested for their utility in biotechnological applications as plant growth promoters, antagonists of soil-borne pathogens, enzyme producers, and oleaginous yeasts.
This Special Issue ‘Yeasts in Soils’ focuses on the diversity and ecology of yeasts that inhabit soils and related substrates such as forest litter and peat. The issue will provide an overview of the current research in the field and present results or review biodiversity assessments (species inventories and distribution), ecology (community ecology and autecology), as well as the physiology of soil yeasts, their interactions, and biotechnological applications. Descriptions of new species isolated from soils can also be included in the issue.
Dr. Andrey M. Yurkov
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