Special Issue "The Path to Sustainable Production and Application of Algae"

A special issue of Biology (ISSN 2079-7737).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Inna Khozin-Goldberg
Guest Editor
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands, Beer Sheba, Israel
Interests: microalgal biotechnology; lipids; metabolic engineering; microalgae
Prof. Dina Zilberg
Guest Editor
French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands, Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, BGU, Sede-Boqer 84990, IsraelTelephone: +972-8-6596818Fax: +972-8-6596742
Interests: Specializes in fish health and the application of microalgal to improve the health of fish, including: immunomodulation by dietary supplementation with microalgae; disease-treatment using microalgal-derived therapeutants
Prof. Dr. Alexei Solovchenko
Guest Editor
Bioengineering Department, Faculty of Biology, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, 1/12 Leninskie Gori, Moscow GSP-1 119234, Russia
Interests: stress physiology of photosynthetic organisms; microalgal biology and biotechnology; sustainable using of nutrients; non-invasive monitoring of microalgae
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last several decades, cultivation of microalgae has evolved into a globally established, economically important branch of biotechnology. Microalgal biotechnology and its derived technologies are now considered among the most promising responses to global challenges. Currently most mature and commercially successful are the microalgae-based processes for the production of nutraceuticals (carotenoids and fatty acids), fine chemicals (including potential therapeutants), cosmetic ingredients, feed and food ingredients. Microalgae can be cultured by sustainable methods thus providing a wide range of health beneficial metabolites from natural sources with lesser environmental impact. Significant increase in biomass productivity is needed to reach economic viability of algal production. Algal cultivation shows a great potential for efficient recovery of nutrients and carbon from waste and side streams, thereby contributing to the circular bio-economy for improved resource management, particularly in arid environments. Economic viability of algal biotechnology can be improved by increasing productivity and by selecting species that produce high-value compounds that are beneficial for human and animal health.

This Special Issue is intended to integrate the progress in overcoming the current barriers for improving the efficiency of microalgal biotechnologies and their practical implementation. We welcome contributions deepening on the mechanistic insights into the key determinants of microalgal productivity and stress resilience, as well as on application in aquaculture. In addition to full-length research articles we would be happy to consider your minireviews summarizing the recent progress in the field after prior negotiation of the topic with the editors of the Special Issue.

This issue is planned to be associated with a session at Drylands, Deserts and Desertification 2020, The 7th International Conference, 15–19 November 2020 https://dddconf.org/. This issue is also open for submissions by scholars besides participants of this meeting.

Prof. Dr. Inna Khozin-Goldberg
Prof. Dr. Dina Zilberg
Prof. Dr. Alexei Solovchenko
Guest Editors

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  • Aquaculture
  • Applications
  • Biotechnology
  • Carotenoids
  • Microalgae
  • Immunomodulation
  • Health benefits
  • Productivity
  • PUFA
  • stress tolerance

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Bio-Inspired Materials from Microalgal Cells on Chitosan-Based Carriers for Biocapture of Nutrients

Authors: Vasilieva 1,*, E. Lobakova 1, T. Grigoryev, I. Selyakh 1, L. Semenova 1, P. Sherbakov, A. Lukyanov 1, P. Gotovtsev 2, C. Antipova 2, K Lukanina, A. Solovchenko 1

Affiliations: 1  Lomonosov Moscow State University, Biological Department, Moscow, Russia. Phone: +74955183698 Fax: +74955182571; 2  National Research Centre “Kurchatov Institute”, Department of Biotechnology and Bioenergy, Moscow, Russia. Phone: +74991699539 Fax: +74991691704; *  Corresponding author: [email protected]

Abstract: We report, for the first time, on successful application of the cross-linked chitosan-based polymers for microalgae (MA) immobilization and biocapture of nutrients. the materials were highly porous, hydrophilic solid polymers from 250- or 600-kDA chitosan synthesized by cross-linking with glutaraldehyde. The cross-linked chitosan polymers were characterized by a high MA immobilization efficiency. They and allowed prolonged cultivation of immobilized Lobosphaera sp. IPPAS 2047 cells without impairing cell growth, viability, and photosynthetic activity. The 600 kDA-chitosan polymers demonstrated higher mechanical and biological stability than those based on 250 kDa chitosan during prolonged incubation in a nutrient-rich medium. The nutrient removal capacity of the chitosan-immobilized Lobosphaera sp. IPPAS 2047 cells was significantly higher as compared to suspended cells.  The rate of nitrate consumption by the immobilized cells was 1.4−3.2 times higher during a 13-d experiment. Chitosan-immobilized Lobosphaera sp. IPPAS 2047 completely remove inorganic phosphate within 2 days, while the suspended cells consumed was six times lower amount of the nutrient under similar conditions. The results of this work showed that cross-linked сhitosan polymers are environment-friendly materials with a great potential for technologies of nutrient bioremoval with immobilized microalgae cells. The nutrient-enriched microalgae biomass immobilized on cross-linked chitosan polymers can be utilized as a bio-fertilizer.

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