Advances in Research with Bryophytes

Bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) are the closest living relatives to the earliest land plants. During their evolution from water to land, they have adapted and developed mechanisms to sustain the dry and harsh conditions on land. As a result, bryophytes can be found in almost every land ecosystem, occurring in cold and wet arctic environments and even in hot and dry deserts. For thousands of years, bryophytes have been used by humans as part of ethno-medicinal remedies in traditional medicine, as padding material to stabilise wooden joints in clay buildings, or as filtering material to clean polluted water in latrines and fountains. These traditional uses have inspired research to explore their potential for use in biotechnology and bioengineering from various perspectives. Bryophytes are currently considered in a wide range of applications ranging from using biologically active products in medicine, agroecology and biology, as pharmaceutic flavouring agents, as part of bioreactors, biofuels, in understanding ecosystem responses to climate change, in rewilding ecosystems, in paludicultures, as bioindicators, in the filtering of pollutants, or in gardening and floristics.

To this end, a large diversity of biologically active compounds and specialized genes have been discovered in bryophytes that are absent from vascular plants. In the last decades, bryophytes such as Physcomitriella/Physcomitrium patens and Marchantia spp. have become model species in the production of biotechnologically relevant compounds that show antimicrobial, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and even anticancer effects. The rapidly increasing level of information on genetics has enabled functional and comparative genomic approaches and the construction of metabolic pathways promoting molecular biotechnological approaches.

All types of high-quality submissions, such as original research papers, opinions, and reviews are welcome.

Dr. Kristian Peters
Prof. Dr. Henrik Toft Simonsen
Prof. Dr. Marko Sabovljevic

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Deadline for abstract submissions: 30 January 2022.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 March 2022.

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Dr. Kristian Peters
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Bioinformatics & Scientific Data Leibniz, Institute of Plant Biochemistry Weinberg, 306120 Halle, Germany
Interests: metabolomics bioinformatics biodiversity ecology bryophytes
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Prof. Dr. Henrik Toft Simonsen
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Department of Biotechnology and Biomedicine, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
Interests: terpenoids; plant biotechnology; plant biochemistry
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Prof. Dr. Marko Sabovljevic
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Institute of Botany and Botanical Garden, Faculty of Biology, University of Belgrade, Takovska 43, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Interests: bryophytes; bryophyte biology; conservation biology; conservation ecology and conservation physiology of plants; ex situ; plant ecology
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Keywords

biotechnology bioengineering bryology bryophytes bioeconomy molecular biology biochemistry

Relevant Journals List

Journal Name Impact Factor CiteScore Launched Year First Decision (median) APC
Diversity
diversity
2.465 2.2 2009 14.05 Days 1800 CHF Submit
Plants
plants
3.935 2.2 2012 12.31 Days 1800 CHF Submit

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