Aquatic Microalgal Biotechnology and Phylogenetic Studies

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity and Functionality of Aquatic Ecosystems".

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K.A. Timiryazev Institute of Plant Physiology RAS, IPP RAS, 35 Botanicheskaya St., 127276 Moscow, Russia
Interests: algae; diatoms; biogeography; biotechnology; biogeochemistry
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Dear Colleagues,

The application of algae is developing at a rapid pace, as algae are being applied in everything from materials science, to food and fuel production, and to medicines and cosmetics. In many cases, aquatic microalgal species are the taxa used to produce these materials and products.  The diversity of microalgal groups from which these products are produced is quite high, involving many branches across the tree of life.  In addition, the uncovering of the relationships of microalgae is being fueled by the ubiquitous application of molecular methods for phylogeny reconstruction.  In many cases, the properties that have lead to the utility and application of microalgae have a phylogenetic basis. This Special Issue of Water aims to bring together in one volume works that describe new applications of microalgae across a broad spectrum of technologies, as well as those that summarize new insights into our understanding of the evolution and relationships of these freshwater, brackish and marine groups.  We encourage those who are involved in research using both approaches to look at microalgal products and biotechnology and take a phylogenetic approach to define, bioprospect and/or develop these products and resources.

Dear Colleagues, we invite you to contribute to this Special Issue of Water, which will include manuscripts on the biotechnology and phylogeny of microalgae. We invite you to contribute articles on different aspects of the investigation of microalgae with phylogeny and that use molecular methods for the description of new species and genera. Research on microalgae is an important subject for understanding different aspects of biotechnology, including water quality and the screening of different species for finding important chemical compounds.

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  • aquatic species
  • microalgae
  • marine and freshwater biotechnology
  • phylogeny
  • evolution

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17 pages, 2379 KiB  
Molecular Investigation of the Achnanthidium minutissimum Complex (Bacillariophyceae) from the Transbaikal Region with the Description of Three New Species
by Natalia Tseplik, Sergey Genkal, Yevhen Maltsev, Irina Kuznetsova and Maxim Kulikovskiy
Water 2023, 15(19), 3379; - 27 Sep 2023
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Representatives of the Achnanthidium minutissimum complex have been studied from the Transbaikal region, Russia. The Transbaikal region is known for its unique algal flora and high levels of endemism. Despite the group of monoraphid diatoms being studied quite extensively in this region in [...] Read more.
Representatives of the Achnanthidium minutissimum complex have been studied from the Transbaikal region, Russia. The Transbaikal region is known for its unique algal flora and high levels of endemism. Despite the group of monoraphid diatoms being studied quite extensively in this region in recent years, only four species of Achnanthidium have been reported so far. Three new species are described based on LM and SEM microphotographs and molecular data: Achnanthidium baicalonanum sp. nov., A. obscurum sp. nov. and A. angustum sp. nov. Comparison with similar species is given. The new species differ from other species of the genus by valve shape, striae and areolae structure, shape of external distal raphe ends and central area. According to molecular data, the new species form separate branches within the A. minutissimum complex. Ecological preferences of the new species are examined. All of the new species are only known from the Transbaikal region. This study contributes to the understanding of Achnanthidium taxonomy and biogeography and will be an asset to future biomonitoring studies. Full article
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