Special Issue "Biology of Microalgae and Cyanobacteria and Their Biotechnological Potential"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2022) | Viewed by 24872
2. biotopa gGmbH - Center for Applied Aquaculture & Bioeconomy, Radeberg, Germany
Interests: microalgae; photobioreactor; biorefinery; co-cultures; single-cell analysis; biosystems engineering; bioprocess monitoring
Interests: cyanobacteria; microalgae; bioactive and pharmacoactive metabolites, thrombogenicity; blood platelets; blood plasma proteins
Interests: sustainability; phototrophic biofilms; biofertilizer; cyanobacteria; co-cultivation; MICP; bio-sandstone
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Phototrophic microorganisms, such as microalgae and cyanobacteria, require only light, CO2, water and a few inorganic molecules or elements for growth and production of value-added cell metabolites. Over the last several decades, cultivation of these has, therefore, evolved into a globally established, economically important branch of biotechnology. A better understanding of metabolic pathways and metabolite production will lead to improved assessments of aquatic primary production. From a biotechnological perspective, a better understanding will lead to improved yield and the ability to manipulate algal growth for bio-production purposes.
Many microalgae and cyanobacteria are amenable to genetic manipulation. For instance, 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 metabolome. Genetic engineering now opens an avenue to further improve the biomass and will ultimately aid in manipulation of selected strains for biotechnological applications in protein production, bioremediation, biofuel, and pharmaceutical production.
For this Special Issue we welcome research papers and reviews for following topics:
- Improving production of biomass (e.g., process and reactor design);
- Use of microalgae and cyanobacteria for the permanent sequestration of CO2;
- Use of microalgae and cyanobacteria as cell factories for the direct bioconversion of CO2 into valuable substances (by natural or synthetic metabolic processes);
- Innovative downstream processing concepts (cell disruption, extraction of metabolites, and milking);
- Biological and pharmacological effects of cell ingredients such as phycobiliproteins (in vitro and in vivo);
- Extremophilic (e.g., thermophilic, acidophilic, and cryophilic) and terrestrial microalgae and cyanobacteria for biotechnological applications;
- Co-culture and synergistic biological systems for biotechnological applications, e.g., marine sponges/marine snails/plants/plant tissue cells.
Dr. Felix Krujatz
Dr. Steffen Braune
Dr. Dorina Striehth
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- culturing conditions
- downstream processing
- biomass production
- CO2 sequestration and bioconversion
- bioactive and pharmacoactive substances