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FEPS publishes Perspectives in Phycology, a quarterly electronic journal covering all domains of phycology, including the contributions of phycological research to current and emerging issues in environmental, health and industrial sectors. Work on both eukaryotic algae and cyanobacteria falls within the scope of the journal. The subject areas covered include:

  • Applied phycology and biotechnology
  • Morphology and cell biology
  • Macro- and microalgal ecology
  • Macro- and microalgal systematics and evolution
  • Molecular biology and genomics
  • Physiology and biochemistry
  • Toxicology, health and risk management


Perspecitives in Phycology is edited by Burkard Becker (Universität zu Köln) and Mark Cock (Station Biologique Roscoff). The journal publishes (Mini)Reviews, Opinions, Letters to the editors, Algal Facts and other articles. Aimed at researchers, students and teachers, PiP articles are always authoritative, and are written by both leaders in the field and rising stars. Additional information can be found at the journal's website.

The Table of Content of the latest issue:

From cyanobacteria and algae to land plants: The RpaB/Ycf27 regulatory network in transition Riediger, Matthias; Hihara, Yukako; Hess, Wolfgang R.
Perspectives in Phycology, (2018), p. 13 - 25 Abstract

Abstract The OmpR-type transcription factor RpaB (for regulator of phycobilisome association B), or Ycf27/Rre26, in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis...

Molecular evolution and morphological diversification of ulvophytes (Chlorophyta) Del Cortona, Andrea; Leliaert, Frederik
Perspectives in Phycology, (2018), p. 27 - 43 Abstract

Abstract The ulvophytes are of particular evolutionary interest because they display a wide morphological and cytological diversity with unique features among green algae. In this review we...

Use of algae in paleolimnology – a review Hübener, Thomas
Perspectives in Phycology, (2018), p. 45 - 59 Abstract

Abstract Algae – especially highly diverse groups with huge shares of stenoecious species – are versatile indicators for different parameters of water quality. Containing determinable, persisting structures further qualifies some algae groups to be used in paleolimnological analyses. The most commonly used algae group in paleolimnology are...

Ecology of charophytes – permanent pioneers and ecosystem engineers Schubert, Hendrik; Blindow, Irmgard; Bueno, Norma Catarina; Casanova, Michelle T.; Pełechaty, Mariusz; Pukacz, Andrzej
Perspectives in Phycology, (2018), p. 61 - 74 Abstract

Abstract For almost a century, charophytes have been regarded as a group that is confined to low-nutrient-clear water conditions. In light of recent research,...

Calcium signalling in algae Wheeler, Glen; Helliwell, Katherine; Brownlee, Colin
Perspectives in Phycology, (2018), p. - Abstract

Abstract Calcium-dependent signalling mechanisms play a major role in the perception of environmental stimuli by algae and are central to all forms of algal motility. Genomic studies have revealed a surprising diversity of mechanisms through which Ca2+ signals may be generated and perceived by algal cells, with significant...

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