Duckweeds: Biodiversity, Physiology, and Applications

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 January 2024) | Viewed by 90

Special Issue Editors

School of Life Science, Huaiyin Normal University, Huai'an, China
Interests: duckweeds
Dr. Lin Yang
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Guest Editor
Tianjin Key Laboratory of Animal and Plant Resistance, College of Life Sciences, Tianjin Normal University, Tianjin 300387, China
Interests: duckweeds

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Lemnaceae family, commonly called duckweeds, is 36 species of the smallest and simplest flowering plants that inhabit all continents except Antarctica. Because of their ancient origin, tiny size, and simple morphology, the phylogenic grouping of this clade has become more dependent on new molecular methods. Duckweeds’ small size and rapid clonal growth in aseptic conditions made them a stable and simple model for studying plant physiology and biochemistry. In addition to their efficiency in water quality testing and wastewater remediation, duckweeds have been used for animal feed or feed additives, human nutrition or therapeutic operations, biofuel and value-added biochemical productions, and even for space closed-loop life support systems. Given the importance of these incredible plants, researchers are investing the genetic mechanisms that make them function this way and are committed to the implementation of various applications.

The aim of this Special Issue in Life is to provide a comprehensive update of the current progress in duckweed biodiversity, physiology, and applications. We cordially invite you to submit manuscripts (original research papers and reviews) that address these topics. If you are interested in this opportunity or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Dr. Yuzhen Zhou
Dr. Lin Yang
Guest Editors

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  • duckweed
  • Lemnaceae
  • biodiversity
  • DNA barcoding
  • physiology
  • nitrogen utilization efficiency (NUE)
  • remediation
  • biomass
  • biofuel
  • feed

Published Papers

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