Research Topic

Recent Advances and Technologies in Algal Lipid Biology

  • Submission closed.

About this Research Topic

Cyanobacteria and eukaryotic algae, along with plants, are crucial components of the primary production system which underlies the earth’s biosphere. As photosynthetic organisms, these primary producers possess a variety of lipid classes with important functional roles. For example: 1) the photosynthetic ...

Cyanobacteria and eukaryotic algae, along with plants, are crucial components of the primary production system which underlies the earth’s biosphere. As photosynthetic organisms, these primary producers possess a variety of lipid classes with important functional roles. For example: 1) the photosynthetic machinery of these organisms is housed within a membrane composed chiefly of glycolipids, 2) some of these organisms may produce triacylglycerols which serve as carbon storage, and, along with hydrocarbons, are a potential source of biofuel, 3) these organisms may produce phospholipids and/or betaine lipids which comprise cellular membranes, and 4) these photosynthetic eukaryotes produce sterols which are thought to reinforce these cellular membranes.

The purpose of this Research Topic is to provide an overview of recent discoveries within the realm of the lipid biology of cyanobacteria and eukaryotic algae. Namely, papers are welcomed, but not limited to, in the following areas: 1) lipidomic and transcriptomic approaches to better understanding lipid biosynthesis in these organisms, 2) the effect of environmental conditions, such as extremes of temperature, pH, salinity, etc. on lipid composition, 3) production of triacylglycerols and hydrocarbons as potential sources of biofuel, 4) evolutionary applications of lipids and their biosynthesis (e.g., evolution of common biosynthetic pathways, impact of horizontal gene transfer), 5) the role of sterols and steroidal compounds as developmental hormones, and 6) the usage of sterols as environmental biomarkers for the past or current presence of a given organism in an environment.


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Recent Articles

Loading..

About Frontiers Research Topics

With their unique mixes of varied contributions from Original Research to Review Articles, Research Topics unify the most influential researchers, the latest key findings and historical advances in a hot research area! Find out more on how to host your own Frontiers Research Topic or contribute to one as an author.

Topic Editors

Loading..

Submission Deadlines

Submission closed.

Participating Journals

Loading..

Topic Editors

Loading..

Submission Deadlines

Submission closed.

Participating Journals

Loading..
Loading..

total views article views article downloads topic views

}
 
Top countries
Top referring sites
Loading..

Comments

Loading..

Add a comment

Add comment
Back to top