Special Issue "Origin and Early Evolution of Photosynthesis"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Armen Y. Mulkidjanian
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Guest Editor
School of Physics, Osnabrueck University, Osnabrueck, Germany
Interests: molecular mechanisms of biological energy conversion and their evolution, comparative genomics, origin of life

Special Issue Information

The exponential growth in data from genomics and metagenomics has dramatically changed our understanding of microbial metabolism. Therefore, it seems timely to revisit the theme of origin and early evolution of photosynthesis. 

We invite authors to contribute original research articles as well as review articles where different aspects of primordial photosynthetic systems are explored.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Origin of photosynthesis;
  • Utilization of energy of light before (bacterio)chlorophyll-based photosynthesis;
  • Emergence of (bacterio)chlorophyll-based photosynthesis;
  • New photosynthetic lineages of prokaryotes;
  • Relation between photosynthetic and nonphotosynthetic cyanobacteria;
  • Origin and evolution of oxygenic photosynthesis;
  • Biogeochemistry of early photosynthesis.

Dr. Armen Y. Mulkidjanian
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • origin of photosynthesis
  • cyanobacteria
  • nonphotosynthetic cyanobacteria
  • oxyphotobacteria
  • photochemical reaction centers
  • photosystem I
  • photosystem II

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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