Recent Advances in Biotechnological Applications of Microalgae

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Genetics, Genomics and Biotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 December 2024 | Viewed by 89

Special Issue Editors

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Department of Environmental Engineering, School of Environment, Northeast Normal University, Changchun 130117, China
Interests: environmental biological technology; wastewater treatment; microalgal biotechnology; microalgal reclamation and energization; microalgal soil remediation; microalgae–bacteria interactions; environmental engineering
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Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, China
Interests: wastewater biological treatment; microalgae–bacteria interactions; desulfurization and denitrification; PPCP degradation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Microalgae have attracted attention as promising candidates for biotechnological processes, such as pollutant remediation and world carbon neutralization due to their rapid growth, high photosynthetic efficiency and environmental tolerance, and production of high-value-added products. Within the context of microalgae-based biotechnology, microalgae–bacteria consortia typically perform more complex tasks than monocultures and can execute functions that are challenging or even impossible for individual strains or species. Notably, the relationships between microalgae and functional bacteria influence carbon and nutrient cycling and regulate productivity and stability, which has undoubtedly played an important role in shaping ecosystem function and global biogeochemistry. In order to improve the application of microalgae-based biotechnology, we encourage the publication of research on advanced and sustainable techniques. In this Special Issue, we welcome original papers and review articles on microalgae-based biotechnology, including wastewater treatment, soil remediation, greenhouse gas reduction, and development of fossil fuel alternatives. Excellent and novel investigations are also certainly required, especially on the carbon accounting model, microalgae–bacteria interaction mechanism, application evaluation, etc.

Submissions are welcomed in the form of review articles, letters, and research articles, and the topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Bioenergy or biodiesel production of microalgae or microalgae–bacteria consortia;
  • Efficient processing and successful technologies for a high yield of bioenergy production;
  • Environmental pollution removal or restoration, including wastewater treatment or soil pollution restoration, via microalgal techniques;
  • Interaction mechanism between microalgae and bacteria during biotechnological application;
  • Genetic engineering/gene editing of microalgae for biorefinery purposes;
  • Novel or hybrid reactor configurations for engineering applications via the microalgal consortia;
  • Life cycle or techno-economic analysis for microalgal biotechnology application.

Dr. Chaofan Zhang
Dr. Peng Xie
Guest Editors

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  • microalgae-based biotechnology
  • microalgae–bacteria consortia
  • wastewater treatment
  • soil pollution remediation
  • carbon neutralization
  • microalgal biofuel
  • microalgae–bacteria interactions

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