Special Issues


Biological Communications Vol. 66 No. 1 (2021)

Special Issue: Symbiogenetics: molecular models, evolutionary strategies and applied aspects

Symbiogenetics is a completely new research field studying the variability and heredity in supra-organismal systems composed of different species bound by intimate symbiotic interactions. In this special issue of Biological Communications we demonstrate the major ideas of symbiogenetics using the models of tightly integrated microbe–plant and microbe–animal symbioses in which the micropartners colonize the internal niches of host organisms. Furthermore, we suppose that the integrative approaches provided by symbiogenetics have a pronounced applied potential aimed at constructing the superspecific systems for agricultural, biomedical and environmental purposes.

Guest Editors: Prof. Igor A. Tikhonovich, Prof. Nikolay A. Provorov
Section Editors: Dr. Anton A. Nizhnikov, Dr. Kirill S. Antonets, Dr. Pavel P. Skutschas

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (September 1, 2020)| 9 articles

Special Issue Information

The great majority of organisms undergo their living cycles as the components of supra-organismal communities in which a broad spectrum of competitive, antagonistic and cooperative interactions are implemented. Among them, mutualistic cooperation is of special interest since it usually involves the partners’ genetic integration resulted in formation of the super-species genetic systems — metagenomes, hologenomes, symbiogenomes. A degree of this integration ranges from the cross-regulations of partners’ genes via the highly specific signaling interactions to the partners’ genetic recombination resulted in emergence of mosaic genomes of eukaryotic organisms.

The cooperative strategies of the organism development, adaptation and evolution represents a subject of symbiogenetics which is a novel and actively developing biological area aimed to study the genetic integration of distant species in different types of biological communities. In this issue of Biological Communications, we will highlight the most studied models of symbiogenetics represented by bacteria–plant and bacteria–animal cooperations. They allow us to address a broad spectrum of genetic phenomena including symbiogenesis as an evolutionary pathway connecting the autonomously living bacteria and cellular organelles. The genetically specialized host-pathogen systems will also be discussed as the notable examples of the stable supra-organismal systems which, in many cases, may be reorganized into beneficial symbioses. The models and algorithms of symbiotic engineering for constructing the novel genomes and supra-organismal systems to be used for the agronomic, biomedical and environment-protective purposes will also be presented.

The manuscripts submitted for consideration in this special issue should not have been published elsewhere (with exception of presenting results at scientific conferences). All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed.

The coverage of this Issue includes but is not limited to following topics:

  • Plant-microbial cooperation;
  • Host-pathogen interactions;
  • Metagenomics, metatransriptomics and metaproteomics in symbiogenetics;
  • Symbiogenesis and organellogenesis;
  • Evolution of supra-organismal systems;
  • Horizontal and endosymbiotic gene transfer;
  • Molecular modelling to study signal transduction;
  • Population genomics of symbiotic microorganisms;
  • Extremophilic microbial communities;
  • Human microbiome;
  • Synthetic microbial consortia for agriculture, biomedicine and environment protection.


Biological Communications Vol. 65 No. 1 (2020)

Special Issue: 125th anniversary of the N.I. Vavilov All-Russian Institute of Plant Genetic Resources (VIR)

Section Editors: Dr. Anton A. Nizhnikov, Dr. Alla V. Krasikova, Dr. Farida V. Minibayeva

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (September 1, 2019)| 6 articles


Biological Communications Vol. 64 No. 2 (2019)

Special Issue: 100 years of the Department of Genetics and Biotechnology, St. Petersburg State University

At least twice in its history, the Department of Genetics of the St. Petersburg University played a key role in the development of genetics in Russia: first, at the outset of the origins of genetics in the country; and then once again during its comeback after Lysenkoism. This Special Issue is devoted to the 100 Anniversary of the Department of Genetics of the St. Petersburg University.

Guest Editors: Prof. Sergey G. Inge-Vechtomov, Prof. Galina A. Zhouravleva
Section Editors: Dr. Anton A. Nizhnikov, Dr. Alla V. Krasikova

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (September 1, 2018)| 7 articles


Biological Communications Vol. 63 No. 1 (2018)

Special Issue: 150 years of the Department of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry of St. Petersburg State University

Guest Editor: Prof. Maria F. Shishova
Section Editor: Dr. Farida V. Minibayeva

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (September 1, 2017)| 10 articles