About this Research Topic
This Frontiers Research Topic aims to provide an inter- and multi-disciplinary platform for algal biology and biotechnology. These findings will provide a foundation for exploiting the metabolic diversity in algae for improved photosynthetic production of food and fuels. Thus, this topic should appeal not just to those interested in the biology and evolution of algae but also to the industrial biotechnology and the bioproducts research community.
Algae (including microalgae, macroalgae and cyanobacteria) are considered a promising feedstock for sustainable, large-scale production of commodities such as food, feed, chemicals, materials and biofuels. More recently, synthetic biologists are interested in using algae to build a “green” energy self-supporting cell factory.
Compared to traditional land crops such as corn, rice and wheat, key features of algae-based production are the high photosynthetic ability, dramatic physiological acclimation to environmental stress(es), as well as a diversity of biological processes.
For all the interest, understanding of the genomic, metabolic and culture features is of great significance in application and development of algal biomass. However, the knowledge underlying such a diverse group remains poorly understood. Topics can broadly cover studies in Selection and breeding, Molecular traits, Metabolic regulation, Physiology and biochemistry, Biomass and bioproducts, and Alga crop protection.
We welcome all forms of submissions: Original Research Articles, Review Articles and Method Articles.
Keywords: Selection and breeding, Molecular traits, Metabolic regulation, Physiology and biochemistry, Biomass and bioproducts, Cultivation technology, Alga crop protection