Special Issue "Physiology, Evolution and Biotechnology of Microalgae in Extreme Environments"

A special issue of Plants (ISSN 2223-7747). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Physiology and Metabolism".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 January 2024 | Viewed by 81

Special Issue Editors

Department of Environmental, Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies, University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Via Vivaldi 43, 81100 Caserta, Italy
Interests: physiology and evolution of microalgae from extreme environments; potential biotechnological applications of extremophilic microalgae; remediation of wastewater and recovery of rare and precious metals from waste
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Department of Environmental, Biological and Pharmaceutical Sciences and Technologies, University of Caserta “L. Vanvitelli”, Via Vivaldi 43, 81100 Caserta, Italy
Interests: extremophiles; microalgae; biotechnology; bioinformatics

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Extremophilic microalgae can colonise and thrive in inhospitable environments (extremely low or high pH, temperature, salinity, pressure and radiation). Over the past few decades, extremophilic microalgae have been thoroughly studied, providing insights into the origin and evolution of life on Earth and the mechanisms of tolerance and adaptation to harsh environmental conditions. The adaptation to extreme life could be due to structural features and hidden genome information that might be transcribed in specialised molecules, depending on environmental conditions. Lately, powerful sequencing and bioinformatics methods have also been used to predict extremophilic proteins with great potential in biotechnological and pharmaceutical applications. 

This Special Issue on extremophilic microalgae aims to collect a wide range of research on physiology, evolution and biotechnological application of extremophilic microalgae to increase and deepen knowledge of life at the extremes. As the Guest Editors of the Special Issue, it is our pleasure to invite you to submit your cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research articles and reviews related to extremophilic microalgae.  

Prof. Dr. Claudia Ciniglia
Dr. Manuela Iovinella
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • extreme environments
  • extremophilc microalgae
  • evolution
  • bioinformatics
  • physiology
  • microbial diversity
  • biotechnology

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