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Life 2015, 5(1), 25-49;

Salt Acclimation of Cyanobacteria and Their Application in Biotechnology

Institut für Biowissenschaften, Abteilung Pflanzenphysiologie, Universität Rostock, Albert-Einstein-Str. 3, D-18059 Rostock, Germany
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Academic Editors: Robert Haselkorn and John C. Meeks
Received: 17 November 2014 / Accepted: 19 December 2014 / Published: 29 December 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cyanobacteria: Ecology, Physiology and Genetics)
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The long evolutionary history and photo-autotrophic lifestyle of cyanobacteria has allowed them to colonize almost all photic habitats on Earth, including environments with high or fluctuating salinity. Their basal salt acclimation strategy includes two principal reactions, the active export of ions and the accumulation of compatible solutes. Cyanobacterial salt acclimation has been characterized in much detail using selected model cyanobacteria, but their salt sensing and regulatory mechanisms are less well understood. Here, we briefly review recent advances in the identification of salt acclimation processes and the essential genes/proteins involved in acclimation to high salt. This knowledge is of increasing importance because the necessary mass cultivation of cyanobacteria for future use in biotechnology will be performed in sea water. In addition, cyanobacterial salt resistance genes also can be applied to improve the salt tolerance of salt sensitive organisms, such as crop plants. View Full-Text
Keywords: compatible solute; genome mining; ion export; regulation; salt sensing compatible solute; genome mining; ion export; regulation; salt sensing

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Pade, N.; Hagemann, M. Salt Acclimation of Cyanobacteria and Their Application in Biotechnology. Life 2015, 5, 25-49.

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