Special Issue "Adaptations and Challenges of Polar Marine Primary Producers"

A special issue of Oceans (ISSN 2673-1924).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Johann Lavaud
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Guest Editor
1. Laboratory of Environmental Marine Sciences-LEMAR, European Institute for Marine Studies, rue Dumont D'Urville, 29280 Plouzané, France
2. Joint International Laboratory Takuvik, Université Laval, 1045 Avenue de la Médecine, Québec, QC G1V 0A6, Canada
Interests: diatom microalgae; microphytobenthos; phytoplankton; photosynthesis; pigments; photoprotection; primary production; chlorophyll fluorescence; sea-ice; intertidal flats; arctic
Dr. Marina Cvetkovska
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Guest Editor
Department of Biology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 9A7, Canada
Interests: green algae; chlamydomonas; psychrophiles; adaptation vs acclimation; environmental stress biology; photosynthesis and respiration; energy metabolism; cold-adapted proteins; protein form and function; temperature stress; cell signalling; reactive oxygen species
Dr. Nina Schuback
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Guest Editor
1. Institute of Geological Sciences and Oeschger Center for Climate Change Research, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
2. Swiss Polar Institute, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
Interests: variable chlorophyll a fluorescence; phytoplankton photo-physiology; bio-optics; primary productivity; export production

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Phototrophic aquatic primary producers (i.e., micro- and macro-algae, cyanobacteria) play a key role in the functioning of marine and freshwater ecosystems. In polar regions, these organisms are exposed to extreme environmental conditions, and only little is known about the exceptional biological adaptations which allow their survival.

Because high latitude ecosystems are deeply impacted by ongoing climate change, it is crucial to improve our understanding of how the special physiology and metabolism of polar primary producers may support their response to a rapidly changing environment.

Furthermore, there has been growing interest in using algae and cyanobacteria strains adapted to harsh polar conditions for their potential in providing high biomass yields for ‘blue biotechnology’ approaches, especially in Nordic countries.

This Special Issue will consider original research on primary producers from marine habitats (open ocean, coastal substrates, sea-ice, sub-ice, marginal ice-zone, etc.) in polar regions, including the Arctic, Antarctic and sub-polar ecosystems. Research from both laboratory and field, and experimental as well as monitoring studies will be accepted.

We welcome research, review, and opinion papers addressing research themes including, but not limited to, the following questions:

  • How do polar primary producers adapt to their extreme environments (including response to macro- and micro-nutrient availability, light, temperature, salinity, etc.)?
  • How will polar primary producers respond to climate change impacts such as increases in temperature, ocean acidification, water column stratification, change in the underwater light climate, etc.?
  • How can their specific adaptation abilities be used for biotechnology purposes such as biofuel, production of bioactive and high-value molecules, wastewater bioremediation, etc.?

We look forward to receiving your contributions to this Special Issue.

Dr. Johann Lavaud
Dr. Marina Cvetkovska
Dr. Nina Schuback
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Oceans is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Algae
  • Biotechnology
  • Cyanobacteria
  • Climate change
  • Cold adaptation
  • Environmental stress
  • Extreme environments
  • Phytoplankton
  • Polar aquatic systems
  • Primary producer

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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