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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:

Symplasmic mass flow and sieve tubes in algae and plants Knoblauch, Michael; Peters, Winfried S.
Perspectives in Phycology, (2017), p. - Abstract

Abstract Most organisms made of cells with walls, including land plants, algae, and fungi, maintain plasmatic cell-to-cell connections through pores in the cell walls. The resulting symplasmic nature of the tissues establishes a structural condition for...

Ulvophyceaen photophysiology and research opportunities Handrich, Maria; de Vries, Jan; Gould, Sven B.; Serôdio, João; Christa, Gregor
Perspectives in Phycology, (2017), p. - Abstract

Abstract The Ulvophyceae are a diverse group of chlorophyte algae. They have been the subject of numerous studies focusing on their morphological diversity. Yet, they are rather under-studied regarding photophysiological...

Morphology and species identification of Chaetoceros species (Bacillariophyceae) Ishii, Ken-Ichiro
Perspectives in Phycology, (2017), p. - Abstract

Chaetoceros is a large, ecologically important genus of marine planktonic diatoms. While the vegetative cells of this genus grow under favorable growth conditions, many species also form resting spores to survive...

The biotechnological potential of Nannochloropsis Al-Hoqani, Umaima; Young, Rosanna; Purton, Saul
Perspectives in Phycology, (2017), p. 1 - 15 Abstract

Abstract Oleaginous microalgae have commercial potential as photoautotrophic cell factories capable of producing advanced biofuels and high-value speciality oils. One genus of particular interest is Nannochloropsis, which includes a number of robust marine species well suited to...

Advances in editing microalgae genomes Daboussi, Fayza
Perspectives in Phycology, (2017), p. 17 - 23 Abstract

Abstract There have been significant advances in microalgal genomics over the last decade. Nevertheless, there are still insufficient tools for the manipulation of microalgae genomes and the development of microalgae as industrial biofactories. Several research groups have recently contributed to progress by demonstrating that particular...

Lipid droplet-associated proteins in diverse microalgae revealed by proteomic analysis Nojima, Daisuke; Nonoyama, Tomomi; Yoshino, Tomoko; Tanaka, Tsuyoshi
Perspectives in Phycology, (2017), p. 25 - 32 Abstract

Abstract Lipid storage particles, termed lipid droplets, are ubiquitous organelles in almost all eukaryotic organisms. Lipid droplet surface proteins...

Perspectives on domestication research for sustainable seaweed aquaculture Valero, Myriam; Guillemin, Marie-Laure; Destombe, Christophe; Jacquemin, Bertrand; Gachon, Claire M.M.; Badis, Yacine; Buschmann, Alejandro H.; Camus, Carolina; Faugeron, Sylvain
Perspectives in Phycology, (2017), p. 33 - 46 Abstract

Abstract In this paper, we address several issues related to seaweed...

Asexuality and the cryptic species problem Dudgeon, Steve; Kübler, Janet E.; West, John A.; Kamiya, Mitsunobu; Krueger-Hadfield, Stacy A.
Perspectives in Phycology, (2017), p. 47 - 59 Abstract

Abstract Genetic sequence data allows for the identification of previously imperceptible cryptic species. Cryptic species are common in algae that have few morphologically distinguishable features. Identifying cryptic species with asexual life cycles...

Shaken and stirred: the fundamental role of water motion in resource acquisition and seaweed productivity Hurd, Catriona L.
Perspectives in Phycology, (2017), p. - Abstract

Water motion is the least studied of the primary drivers of seaweed productivity. In 50% of field studies, seaweed growth and...

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