Special Issue "Genomics, Metagenomics and Phylogenomics of Cyanobacteria and Related Lineages"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 October 2021).
Interests: bioinformatics; databases; genetics; phylogenetics; phylogenomics; comparative genomics; protistology; plastids; Cyanobacteria
Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, are one of the most diversified groups of prokaryotes. They are of primary importance from evolutionary, ecological, biogeochemical, and industrial perspectives. Fossilized Cyanobacteria suggest that they have been present on Earth since the Proterozoic. Oxygenic photosynthesis appeared within this group at least 2.4 billion years ago, and Cyanobacteria later played a key role in the spread of photosynthesis to eukaryotes through endosymbiosis. In our age, they are still a major component of marine phytoplankton and have colonized a wide range of freshwater and terrestrial habitats. Moreover, it has recently been shown that cyanobacteria produce methane at a substantial rate, thereby raising the issue of their role in climate change. Finally, their capacity to synthesize a range of bioactive compounds makes them promising for industry (e.g., pharmaceutical companies).
From a taxonomic perspective, the cyanobacterial phylum has recently been expanded by the addition of four non-photosynthetic lineages (Melainabacteria, Sericytochromatia, Margulisbacteria, and Saganbacteria), with the side effect of renaming the traditional Cyanobacteria to Oxyphotobacteria. Of course, the pertinence of such a modification is hotly debated in the literature, with some authors insisting on the historical meaning of the name while others prefer to rely on a phylogenomic definition of the group. For all these reasons, cyanobacterial genomes are now under intense scrutiny. With the decreasing cost of next-generation sequencing and the emergence of third-generation sequencing, improving our knowledge of this phylum has never been so exciting.
In this Special Issue, we will tour the state-of-the-art in the field of genomics of Cyanobacteria and related lineages. More precisely, all manuscripts focusing on genome sequencing and assembly, genome mining and metabolic reconstruction, environmental metagenomics, phylogenomics, and software dedicated or applied to cyanobacterial genomics will be considered.
Prof. Denis Baurain
Dr. Luc Cornet
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- genome assembly
- genome evolution
- comparative genomics
- cyanobacterial evolution
- microbial consortia
- genomic workflow