Special Issue "Recent Advances in Microalgal Biology and Biotechnology"

A special issue of Life (ISSN 2075-1729).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2020)

Special Issue 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. They are at the foundation of CO2 biomitigation, sustainable usage of nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus, providing green alternatives for fossil fuels and raw materials for bulk chemistry.

The presently most mature and commercially successful are the microalgae-based processes for the production of fine chemicals, nutraceuticals, and food additives. The applications of microalgae in biotechnologies (biosequestration of CO2 and nutrients from waste resources) for environmental protection are developing rapidly. Other microalgal technologies are on their way to the market.

Numerous bench-scale studies and technology demonstrators have highlighted, in addition to advantages, certain bottlenecks in practical application of microalgal biotechnology. Among the most obvious there are the limited productivity and robustness of the microalgal strain, trade-offs between the culture growth and the target compounds, lack of clear understanding of the optimal cultivation approaches, and downstream processing of the biomass.

This Special Issue is intended to integrate the current progress in overcoming the current barriers for improving the efficiency and practical implementation of microalgal biotechnologies. Submissions on the breakthroughs in basic science with a potential to solve hot problems in microalgal biotechnology are welcome as well as reports on their successful implementation. Preference will be given to contributions deepening the mechanistic insights into the key determinants of microalgal productivity and stress resilience. We would be happy to consider your minireviews summarizing the recent progress in the field after prior negotiation of the topic and structure with the editor of the Special Issue.

Prof. Dr. Alexei Solovchenko
Guest Editor

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  • Lipid metabolism
  • Secondary carotenoids
  • Stress resilience
  • Nutrient biocapture
  • Essential fatty acids
  • CO2 biomitigation

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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