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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
Applied Phycology

For a Special Issue on
Towards a global view of algal molecular ecology

Manuscript deadline
15 November 2021

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Richard G. Dorrell, Institut de Biologie de l'Ecole Normale Supérieure
[email protected]

Flora J. Vincent, Weizmann Institute of Science
[email protected]

Deo Florence L. Onda, Marine Science Institute, University of the Philippines
[email protected]

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Towards a global view of algal molecular ecology

The application of DNA sequencing to environmental samples, ranging from molecular barcodes to holistic meta-genomic and meta-transcriptomic datasets, has revolutionised our view of the diversity, structure and function of algal communities in the wild. Molecular-led approaches may be of particular use for understanding the diversity of uncultured and uncultivable algae, expanding our understanding of understudied oceanic, freshwater and terrestrial algal ecosystems, and monitoring algal ecosystem responses to physical, biological and anthropogenic disturbance.

The application of molecular ecology in mass sampling projects, both community-led such as Ocean Sampling Day, and planet-wide expeditions such as Tara Oceans, Bio-GO-SHIP and the GEOTRACES Missions, can allow us to translate individual questions concerning the biology of specific algal groups up to a global scale, and even reveal undiscovered features of the physical structure of aquatic environments. Building a truly global vision of algal ecosystems is fundamental to understanding algal community composition, function and resilience; and provides an unprecedented opportunity for trans-national and citizen engagement in phycology.

In this special edition, we welcome primary analyses and reviews of algal sequence diversity in environmental samples. Topics include but are not limited to:

• Molecular barcoding of environmental samples
• Understudied algal ecosystems
• Population genetics
• Species diversity and abundance
• Bio-geography and invasive species
• Meta-genomics and meta-transcriptomics
• Quantitative analyses of environmental sequence data
• Environmentally-informed phylogenetics, biochemistry and physiology
• Applied ecology, environmental change and conservation
• Global and community-led environmental sampling initiatives

Submission Instructions

We are seeking novel and creative contributions in the form of original research and reviews. This is an exciting opportunity to explore the applications of an emergent technique, sequencing of environmental samples, for understanding the diversity of algal ecosystems, and in particular for broadening our insight of algal ecology to a global scale. We encourage a diverse and creative approach and will review all submissions equally.

Applied Phycology is a fully open access journal published by Taylor & Francis on behalf of the British Phycological Society. All papers undergo expert peer review and are managed by the experienced team of Associate Editors. The journal operates on a single blind peer review policy.

This special issue will be published on the 28th February 2022. Reflecting the planetary-wide importance of algal ecosystems, and of facilitating research interactions on this subject at a global scale, the editorial board particularly welcomes submissions from researchers working on poorly understood algal ecosystems; and projects incorporating research groups from low and middle-income economies. Fee waivers will be provided for authors who wish to publish within this issue, but are unable to contribute to publication costs. Please contact the journal office or the Editor-in-Chief, Richard Dorrell,  with a brief (250 word) outline of the proposed submission prior to the abstract submission deadline for further information.

All articles will be made freely and permanently available online through gold open access publication.

Read the Instructions for Authors for information on how to submit your article.

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