Cyanobacterial Lifestyle and its Applications in Biotechnology

Cyanobacterial Lifestyle and its Applications in Biotechnology

1st Edition - September 30, 2021

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  • Editors: Prashant Singh, Maria Fillat, Ajay Kumar
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323906340
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323910491

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Environmental change is affecting the world's agricultural productivity. This is coupled with an increase in population: according to the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs, the global population is estimated to reach 9.7 billion by 2050.  Therefore, the current situation requires that we develop climate-smart technologies to improve crop productivity to sustain the ever-rising global population.  Current-day farmers are introducing a considerable amount of agrochemicals to enhance crop productivity.  Indiscriminate agrochemical application has altered not only the soil's physic-chemical and biological properties but also affected human health through food chain contamination.  Cyanobacteria, under these changing environmental conditions, may help to resolve the problem significantly without changing the natural soil properties.  In spite of their well-known stress tolerance potential, most of the cyanobacterial stress management and signaling pathways are yet to be fully characterized.  Therefore, there is an urgent need to explore cyanobacterial metabolism under stress as well as their regulatory pathways to exploit them for sustainable agriculture.  In recent decades, the application of cyanobacteria has attracted scientists because of uniqueness, better adaptability, and synthetic products.   Diverse cyanobacterial communities with the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen, together with their photosynthetic properties, have demonstrated their application under field conditions.  Several cyanobacterial species have thus been exploited to enhance soil fertility, mitigate biotic and abiotic stress, and contamination management.   Cyanobacterial Lifestyle and its Applications in Biotechnology has been designed to discuss different aspects of cyanobacterial physiology with the aim of helping to provide a better understanding of advanced cyanobacterial molecular biology and their metabolism to uncover the potential of cyanobacteria in the tailoring of stress smart crops for sustainable agriculture.  Chapters include valuable information about the role of cyanobacteria in the evolution of life, cyanobacterial photosynthesis, stress-tolerant cyanobacterium, biological nitrogen fixation, circadian rhythms, genetics and molecular biology of abiotic stress responses.

Key Features

  • Summarizes various aspects of cyanobacterial research.
  • Includes comprehensive coverage of molecular approaches for the identification of cyanobacteria and their evolution.
  • Identifies an expanding horizon of cyanobacterial lifestyle: stress management in cyanobacteria.
  • Examines cyanobacteria synthetic biology, genetic engineering, photosynthesis and metabolic engineering.


University students, researchers, academician in the fields of: microbiology, life sciences, agricultural sciences, biotechnology, molecular biology, and plant sciences. Ecologists, physiologists, plant biologists, environmentalists, agronomists, pharmacologist and related researchers, who want to work in the field of cyanobacterial and plant research

Table of Contents

  • 1. Cyanobacterial diversity concerning the extreme environment and their bioprospecting
    Arun Kumar Kashyap, Sumit Kumar Dubey, and Buddhi Prakash Jain
    2. Cyanobacterial nanoparticles: Application in agriculture and allied sectors
    Vaishali Gupta, Naveen Kumar Verma, and Kaushal Kishore Choudhary
    3. Cyanobacterial photosynthetic reaction center in wobbly light: Modulation of light energy by orange carotenoid proteins (OCPs)
    Rahul Prasad Singh, Sandeep Kumar Singh, Ajay Kumar, Arpan Modi, Mukesh Kumar Yadav, Punuri Jayasekhar Babu, Garima Singh, Kaushlendra, Naveen Chandra Joshi, Avinash Chandra Rai, Sandip Ghuge, Anil Kumar, Avinash Singh, Prashant Kumar Singh, and Wenjing Wang
    4. Back to the past: improving photosynthesis with cyanobacterial genes
    Rocío Arce, Paula Vicino, Mariana Demarchi, and Anabella Fernanda Lodeyro
    5. Promises and challenges for expanding the use of N2-fixing cyanobacteria as a fertilizer for sustainable agriculture
    Rafael Ambrosio, Lara Sanchez Rizza, Mauro Do Nascimiento, Hugo Guillermo Jimenez Pacheco, Lilia Mary Miranda Ramos, Jose A. Hernandez, and Leonardo Curatti
    6. Thermophilic and Thermotolerant Cyanobacteria: Environmental and Biotechnological Perspectives
    Gajanan T. Mehetre, Zothanpuia, Purbajyoti Deka, William Carrie, Lalrokimi, Bhim Pratap Singh
    7. Exploring the ability of cyanobacterial ferric uptake regulator (FUR) proteins to increase yeast tolerance to abiotic stresses
    Violeta C. Sein-Echaluce, José Miguel Mulet, María V. Barja, M. Luisa Peleato, María F. Fillat
    8. Exploring ecological diversity and biosynthetic potential of cyanobacteria for biofuel production
    Galyna Kufryk
    9. Cyanobacterial availability for CRISPR-based genome editing: Current and future challenges
    Sandeep Kumar Singh, Ajay Kumar, Mukesh Kumar Yadav, Garima Singh, Punuri Jayasekhar Babu, Zothanpuia, Liansangmawii Chhakchhuak, Naveen Chandra Joshi, Avinash Chandra Rai, Avinash Singh,  Kaushlendra, Rosie Lalmuanpuii, Esther Lalnunmawii, Bendangchuchang Longchur, and Prashant Kumar Singh
    10. Cyanobacteria and Salinity Stress Tolerance
    Rahul Prasad Singh, Priya Yadav, Reena Kujur, Kapil Deo Pandey, Rajan Kumar Gupta
    11. Cyanobacteria as biostimulants in the paddy fields
    Prashant Kumar Singh, Ajay Kumar, Mukesh Kumar Yadav, Kushlendra, and Savita Singh
    12. Molecular Characterization of Local Cyanobacterial Isolates Using 16S rRNA, rpoB And nifH Biomarkers
    Nidhi Kumari and Lal Chand Rai
    13. Cyanobacteria-mediated heavy metal and xenobiotics bioremediation
    Shweta Pandey, Sumit Kumar Dubey, Arun Kumar Kashyap, and Buddhi Prakash Jain
    14. Cyanobacteria: As a promising candidate for nanoparticles synthesis
    Dnyaneshwar K. Kulal, Dinesh N. Navale, Santosh W. Zote, Prasanna B. Ranade, and Pramod K. Kalambate

Product details

  • No. of pages: 382
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: September 30, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323906340
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323910491

About the Editors

Prashant Singh

Dr. Prashant Kumar Singh is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biotechnology, Pachhunga University College, Mizoram University, Aizawl, Mizoram. He completed his Ph.D. degree from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India. In his 14 years of research carrier, he has published more than 50 articles and book chapters and one book related to cyanobacteria and plant molecular biology. Dr. Singh also has exposure to various national and international institutes. Dr. Singh is also awarded by the Young Scientist Award and lifetime members of various scientific societies as well as reviewer of various peer reviewed journals.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Biotechnology, Mizoram University (A Central University), Pacchunga University College campus, Mizoram, India

Maria Fillat

Dr. María F. Fillat is full professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology (University of Zaragoza) and leader of the group “Genetic regulation and physiology of cyanobacteria”. During the last decades her work has focused on the functional characterization of the FUR (ferric uptake regulator) proteins in cyanobacteria, including their regulation, participation in regulatory networks, their relationship with redox homeostasis and their role in the synthesis of cytotoxic microcystin. She completed her PhD in Sciences at the University of Zaragoza and worked as postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands). She also visited other laboratories at the University of Konstanz (Germany), Emory University (Atlanta, GA), Universidad de Rosario (Argentina), IBVF (Sevilla), and the University of Gèneve. Prof. Maria F. Fillat has published more than 100 research articles in international refereed journals and holds two patents. Her group has received several awards from the Economic and Social Council (Government of Aragón), the “Instituto de Estudios Turolenses” and the Royal Academy of Sciences of Zaragoza. She led 13 research projects and 6 contracts with companies as a Principal Investigator (PI) and successfully organized 9 international and 3 national scientific meetings. Prof. Fillat has also supervised 10 PhD theses (3 more are in progress), 9 Diploma theses, and 13 Master projects. She has also participated in 4 teaching innovation projects, two of them as PI.

Affiliations and Expertise

Full Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Zaragoza, Spain

Ajay Kumar

Dr. Ajay Kumar is a visiting scientist at the Agriculture Research Organization, Volcani center, Rishon Leziyon, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development Israel. He has published extensively in leading International and National journals or books. He has wide area of research experience, especially in the field of Plant-Microbe Interactions, Microbial biocontrol, and Endophytes related with the medicinal plants, Postharvest management of fruits. Dr. Kumar has published more than 165 research articles including review papers/book chapters/ books in the leading international journals. He is serving as special issue editors in some journals like “Frontiers in Microbiology, Microorganism” etc. In addition also acting as reviewer in some leading journals like Frontiers group, PLOS ONE, Agriculture, Ecosystem and Environment, International Journal of Molecular Sciences, Biological Control, Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology, 3Biotech etc. Dr, Kumar has edited several books with leading publishers including Elsevier, Springer, and Taylor and Francis.

Affiliations and Expertise

Visiting Scientist, Agriculture Research Organization, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Volcani Center, Rishon, Lezziyon, Israel

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  • MZU Thu Sep 16 2021


    The excellent book having a superb collection of cyanobacterial biology.