About this Research Topic
The global mandate for safer, cleaner and renewable energy has prompted research on microbes that convert carbon sources to end-products able to serve as biofuels of the so-called first, second or third generation (biethanol or biodiesel derived from starchy, sugar-rich or oily crops, from composite lignocellulosic biomass, or from oil-producing algae and cyanobacteria, respectively). Recent advances in high-throughput ‘omics’ applications are beginning to cast light on the biological mechanisms underlying biofuel production. They also unravel mechanisms important for organic solvent or high-added-value chemical production implemented in the broader field of Bioenergy – e.g., renewable energy, recycling and bioremediation.
This research topic welcomes for articles aiming to better understand the genetic basis behind Bioenergy production. It welcomes studies of genes and genomes of microbes that are already used in biorefineries such as yeasts, of bacteria and lower eukaryotes carrying potential for bioethanol, biobutanol, biodiesel, or biohydrogen production, and of microorganisms considered as promising new biocatalysts for alternative products. Welcomed will be genetic research focusing on whole-systems studies, on specific gene(s) function and regulation, on genetic and/or genomic tool development, on metabolic engineering, and on synthetic biology endeavors leading to strain optimization. Bioinformatic analyses and modeling pertaining to gene and regulatory network prediction are included. Research articles, reviews, commentaries and method papers strengthening knowledge in these directions are all of interest in this thematic forum. Their contribution is expected to add to emerging insights regarding the potential for microbial-derived energy production.
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