Cyanobacteria - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128146675


1st Edition

From Basic Science to Applications

Editors: A.K. Mishra D.N. Tiwari A.N. Rai
Paperback ISBN: 9780128146675
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st November 2018
Page Count: 600
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Cyanobacteria constitute the most widely distributed group of photosynthetic prokaryotes found in almost all realms of the earth and play an important role in Earth’s nitrogen and carbon cycle. They are considered as the pioneer of oxygenic photosynthesis and played a very important role in oxygenation of the earth’s atmosphere 2.5 billion years ago. The transformation of reducing atmosphere to oxidizing atmosphere was a turning point in evolutionary history of the earth and due to that the present life form is possible. They are the closest living relatives of the ancient endosymbiont that gave rise to modern-day chloroplasts. During the course of evolution they have evolved several morphological, physiological and biochemical modifications to best fit in the changing environment and represent the most successful microbial group with the ability to survive under extreme conditions. Cyanobacteria have been used as model organism to study the basic processes such as photosynthesis, nitrogen and carbon fixation, circadian rhythms of plants due to their resemblance with plant chloroplasts.

Cyanobacteria: Basics to Applied helps the scientific community to explore the diverse mechanisms of cyanobacteria for the advancement of cyanobacterial abilities towards higher biofuel productivity, enhanced tolerance to environmental stress, bioactive compounds and potential for biofertilizers. Apart from this Cyanobacteria: Basics to Applied also encourages readers towards applied aspects and uniqueness of cyanobacteria in the microbial world. All chapters acquaint the reader about the characteristics and application of cyanobacteria in the welfare of human beings.

Key Features

  • Describes cyanobacterial diversity, stress biology and biotechnological aspects of cyanobacteria in three different segments
  • Represents the global importance of cyanobacteria
  • Provides a broad compilation of research that deals with cyanobacterial stress responses in both controlled laboratory conditions as well as in their natural environment


Doctoral and post doctoral researchers, M.Sc. in biochemistry, applied microbiology, biotechnology, agriculture

Table of Contents

1. Cyanobacteria in diverse habitat
2. Evolution of cyanobacteria
3. Cyanobacterial biodiversity: Role of molecular markers
4. Cellular differentiation: physiological, biochemical and molecular aspects
5. Photosynthesis and nitrogen fixation
6. Cyanobacterial phycobiliproteins: Production and applications
7. Environmental stresses and their management: physiological, biochemical and molecular mechanisms (Genomics, transcriptomics and proteomic approach)
8. Cyanobacteria: Applications in biotechnology
9. Natural product biosynthesis by cyanobacteria: pathways and applications
10. Siderophore production by cyanobacteria and their biotechnological applications
11. Plant growth promoting abilities in cyanobacteria and their application as biofertilizer
12. Production of extracellular polymeric substances by cyanobacteria and their role in stress toleranc
13. Genome mining of cyanobacteria for production of bioactive compounds: importance of bioinformatics


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About the Editor

A.K. Mishra

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Microbial Physiology, Biochemistry and Genetics, Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi-221005, India

D.N. Tiwari

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Physiology and Genetics, Department of Botany, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India

A.N. Rai

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Biology, Department of Biochemistry, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong-793022, India. He has 36 years of research experience with specialization in Microbial Biochemistry, in particular Plant-Microbe Interactions involving cyanobacteria.

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