Special Issue "Cyanobacteria: Ecology, Physiology and Genetics"

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A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729). This special issue belongs to the section "Life Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Robert Haselkorn
Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology, The University of Chicago, 920 East 58 Street, Chicago IL 60637, USA
Website: https://chemistry.uchicago.edu/faculty/faculty/person/member/robert-haselkorn.html
E-Mail: rh01@uchicago.edu
Interests: cellular differentiation in filamentous cyanobacteria; nitrogen fixation; transcription regulation in cyanobacteria; toxins; genetics
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. John C. Meeks
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, University of California, Davis, CA 95616, USA
Website: http://microbiology.ucdavis.edu/meeks/
E-Mail: jcmeeks@ucdavis.edu
Interests: biology of cyanobacteria; especially cellular differentiation; genome analyses; gliding motility; microbial physiology; nitrogen fixation; photosensors; symbiosis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

As oxygen-producing photoautotrophs, cyanobacteria have been, and continue to be, one of the most influential groups of micro-organisms on earth. They are an ancient lineage, with a fossil record dating to at least 3 billion years ago and were singularly responsible for the initial oxygenation of the biosphere. Cyanobacteria are the most nutritionally independent organisms on earth, requiring only light, water, CO2 and a few inorganic molecules or elements for growth; some can fix nitrogen. They areubiquitous in the illuminated portions of the terrestrial and aquatic biosphere, including deep oceanic, hypersaline, geothermal, desert and polar habitats, as well as being endolithic and endophytic. Cyanobacteria display diverse cellular and colonial morphologies, cellular developmental alternatives, types of secondary metabolites, some of which are toxic to metazoans, and behaviors, such as chromatic adaptation, reversible desiccation and genetic adaptation to environmental changes. Molecular genetic evidence is consistent with a common cyanobacterial ancestor giving rise to the chloroplasts of eukaryotic algae and plants. Processes and pathways expressed by extant cyanobacteria, such as circadian rhythms, phytochrome signaling and cellulose synthesis, amongst others, are likely to have entered the plant world via that ancient endosymbiotic event. Many cyanobacteria are amenable to genetic manipulation; therefore, they are excellent experimental systems for studies of photosynthetic and nitrogen metabolism, regulation of the differentiation of specialized cells, cell-cell communication and environmental signal transduction. The genomes of more than 190 cyanobacteria have been sequenced to date and genomic based analyses are being applied to document their changing transcriptome, proteome and metabalome. In this special issue, advanceswill be presented in understanding the ecology, physiology and genetics of cyanobacteria, using classic and molecular genetic approaches that will ultimately aid inmanipulation of selected organisms for biotechnological applications in bioremediation, biofuel and pharmaceutical production.

Prof. Dr. Robert Haselkorn
Prof. Dr. John C. Meeks
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • oxygenic photosynthesis
  • nitrogen fixation
  • primary C and N production
  • circadian rhythm
  • toxins and blooms
  • signal transduction
  • photosensors
  • community structure
  • cellular communication
  • cellular differentiation

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p. 1282-1300
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Life 2015, 5(2), 1282-1300; doi:10.3390/life5021282
Received: 18 March 2015 / Revised: 16 April 2015 / Accepted: 20 April 2015 / Published: 23 April 2015
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p. 1218-1238
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Life 2015, 5(2), 1218-1238; doi:10.3390/life5021218
Received: 18 December 2014 / Revised: 21 March 2015 / Accepted: 26 March 2015 / Published: 1 April 2015
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p. 1172-1203
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Life 2015, 5(2), 1172-1203; doi:10.3390/life5021172
Received: 10 November 2014 / Revised: 23 March 2015 / Accepted: 24 March 2015 / Published: 30 March 2015
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p. 1204-1217
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Life 2015, 5(2), 1204-1217; doi:10.3390/life5021204
Received: 28 January 2015 / Revised: 24 March 2015 / Accepted: 26 March 2015 / Published: 30 March 2015
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p. 1127-1140
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Life 2015, 5(2), 1127-1140; doi:10.3390/life5021127
Received: 13 February 2015 / Revised: 17 March 2015 / Accepted: 19 March 2015 / Published: 27 March 2015
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p. 1141-1171
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Life 2015, 5(2), 1141-1171; doi:10.3390/life5021141
Received: 5 December 2014 / Revised: 9 March 2015 / Accepted: 16 March 2015 / Published: 27 March 2015
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p. 1111-1126
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Life 2015, 5(2), 1111-1126; doi:10.3390/life5021111
Received: 27 December 2014 / Revised: 10 March 2015 / Accepted: 19 March 2015 / Published: 26 March 2015
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p. 997-1018
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Life 2015, 5(1), 997-1018; doi:10.3390/life5010997
Received: 5 January 2015 / Revised: 16 February 2015 / Accepted: 9 March 2015 / Published: 18 March 2015
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Life 2015, 5(1), 921-948; doi:10.3390/life5010921
Received: 1 January 2015 / Revised: 24 February 2015 / Accepted: 9 March 2015 / Published: 17 March 2015
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p. 888-904
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Life 2015, 5(1), 888-904; doi:10.3390/life5010888
Received: 8 December 2014 / Revised: 4 March 2015 / Accepted: 6 March 2015 / Published: 13 March 2015
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p. 841-860
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Life 2015, 5(1), 841-860; doi:10.3390/life5010841
Received: 27 November 2014 / Revised: 26 January 2015 / Accepted: 28 February 2015 / Published: 11 March 2015
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p. 716-743
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Life 2015, 5(1), 716-743; doi:10.3390/life5010716
Received: 19 December 2014 / Revised: 4 February 2015 / Accepted: 25 February 2015 / Published: 9 March 2015
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p. 744-769
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Life 2015, 5(1), 744-769; doi:10.3390/life5010744
Received: 17 December 2014 / Revised: 17 February 2015 / Accepted: 25 February 2015 / Published: 9 March 2015
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p. 700-715
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Life 2015, 5(1), 700-715; doi:10.3390/life5010700
Received: 10 January 2015 / Revised: 12 February 2015 / Accepted: 25 February 2015 / Published: 4 March 2015
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p. 676-699
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Life 2015, 5(1), 676-699; doi:10.3390/life5010676
Received: 14 November 2014 / Revised: 6 February 2015 / Accepted: 10 February 2015 / Published: 2 March 2015
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p. 554-567
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Life 2015, 5(1), 554-567; doi:10.3390/life5010554
Received: 30 September 2014 / Revised: 6 February 2015 / Accepted: 10 February 2015 / Published: 16 February 2015
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p. 587-603
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Life 2015, 5(1), 587-603; doi:10.3390/life5010587
Received: 23 December 2014 / Revised: 6 February 2015 / Accepted: 11 February 2015 / Published: 16 February 2015
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p. 432-446
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Life 2015, 5(1), 432-446; doi:10.3390/life5010432
Received: 1 December 2014 / Accepted: 29 January 2015 / Published: 9 February 2015
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p. 418-431
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Life 2015, 5(1), 418-431; doi:10.3390/life5010418
Received: 19 November 2014 / Revised: 26 January 2015 / Accepted: 29 January 2015 / Published: 5 February 2015
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p. 403-417
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Life 2015, 5(1), 403-417; doi:10.3390/life5010403
Received: 9 November 2014 / Revised: 12 January 2015 / Accepted: 22 January 2015 / Published: 4 February 2015
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p. 348-371
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Life 2015, 5(1), 348-371; doi:10.3390/life5010348
Received: 19 December 2014 / Revised: 15 January 2015 / Accepted: 21 January 2015 / Published: 28 January 2015
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p. 332-347
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Life 2015, 5(1), 332-347; doi:10.3390/life5010332
Received: 9 December 2014 / Revised: 7 January 2015 / Accepted: 21 January 2015 / Published: 27 January 2015
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p. 269-293
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Life 2015, 5(1), 269-293; doi:10.3390/life5010269
Received: 20 December 2014 / Accepted: 14 January 2015 / Published: 21 January 2015
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p. 164-180
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Life 2015, 5(1), 164-180; doi:10.3390/life5010164
Received: 14 November 2014 / Accepted: 1 January 2015 / Published: 12 January 2015
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p. 130-163
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Life 2015, 5(1), 130-163; doi:10.3390/life5010130
Received: 29 October 2014 / Accepted: 31 December 2014 / Published: 8 January 2015
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p. 102-126
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Life 2015, 5(1), 102-126; doi:10.3390/life5010102
Received: 10 November 2014 / Accepted: 19 December 2014 / Published: 6 January 2015
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p. 50-64
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Life 2015, 5(1), 50-64; doi:10.3390/life5010050
Received: 31 October 2014 / Accepted: 19 December 2014 / Published: 31 December 2014
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p. 4-24
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Life 2015, 5(1), 4-24; doi:10.3390/life5010004
Received: 27 October 2014 / Accepted: 16 December 2014 / Published: 29 December 2014
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p. 25-49
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Life 2015, 5(1), 25-49; doi:10.3390/life5010025
Received: 17 November 2014 / Accepted: 19 December 2014 / Published: 29 December 2014
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p. 1026-1037
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Life 2014, 4(4), 1026-1037; doi:10.3390/life4041026
Received: 28 October 2014 / Revised: 4 December 2014 / Accepted: 5 December 2014 / Published: 16 December 2014
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p. 968-987
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Life 2014, 4(4), 968-987; doi:10.3390/life4040968
Received: 30 October 2014 / Revised: 24 November 2014 / Accepted: 4 December 2014 / Published: 15 December 2014
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p. 988-1012
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Life 2014, 4(4), 988-1012; doi:10.3390/life4040988
Received: 7 October 2014 / Revised: 26 November 2014 / Accepted: 4 December 2014 / Published: 15 December 2014
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p. 903-914
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Life 2014, 4(4), 903-914; doi:10.3390/life4040903
Received: 21 October 2014 / Revised: 24 November 2014 / Accepted: 4 December 2014 / Published: 11 December 2014
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p. 944-967
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Life 2014, 4(4), 944-967; doi:10.3390/life4040944
Received: 17 October 2014 / Revised: 21 November 2014 / Accepted: 4 December 2014 / Published: 11 December 2014
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p. 865-886
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Life 2014, 4(4), 865-886; doi:10.3390/life4040865
Received: 30 October 2014 / Revised: 27 November 2014 / Accepted: 4 December 2014 / Published: 9 December 2014
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p. 819-836
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Life 2014, 4(4), 819-836; doi:10.3390/life4040819
Received: 13 October 2014 / Revised: 12 November 2014 / Accepted: 19 November 2014 / Published: 28 November 2014
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p. 770-787
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Life 2014, 4(4), 770-787; doi:10.3390/life4040770
Received: 16 August 2014 / Revised: 24 September 2014 / Accepted: 22 October 2014 / Published: 21 November 2014
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p. 745-769
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Life 2014, 4(4), 745-769; doi:10.3390/life4040745
Received: 3 September 2014 / Revised: 31 October 2014 / Accepted: 5 November 2014 / Published: 18 November 2014
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p. 666-680
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Life 2014, 4(4), 666-680; doi:10.3390/life4040666
Received: 9 September 2014 / Revised: 24 October 2014 / Accepted: 27 October 2014 / Published: 7 November 2014
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p. 433-456
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Life 2014, 4(3), 433-456; doi:10.3390/life4030433
Received: 2 June 2014 / Revised: 9 August 2014 / Accepted: 14 August 2014 / Published: 3 September 2014
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