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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:

Genome and cell size variation across algal taxa Raven, John A.; Knight, Charles A.; Beardall, John
Perspectives in Phycology, (2019), p. 59 - 80 Abstract

This review addresses the more than 104-fold variation in genome size (1C DNA) among eukaryotic algae (and making comparisons, where relevant, to embryophytes) in the context of the demonstrated relationship between genome size and cell volume (excluding vacuoles) for diploid...

Cell size has gene expression and biophysical consequences for cellular function Raven, John A.; Knight, Charles A.; Beardall, John
Perspectives in Phycology, (2019), p. 81 - 94 Abstract

The focus in this article is on the biophysics and morphogenesis of large algal cells, defined here as having a volume (including cell wall and all intracellular compartments) of ≥1...

Calcium signalling in algae Wheeler, Glen; Helliwell, Katherine; Brownlee, Colin
Perspectives in Phycology, (2019), p. 1 - 10 Abstract

Calcium-dependent signalling mechanisms play a major role in the perception of environmental stimuli by algae and are central to all forms of algal motility. Genomic studies have revealed a surprising diversity of mechanisms through which Ca2+ signals may be generated and perceived by algal cells, with significant differences in the classes...

The private life of coccolithophores Frada, Miguel J.; Bendif, El Mahdi; Keuter, Sabine; Probert, Ian
Perspectives in Phycology, (2019), p. 11 - 30 Abstract

Coccolithophores are a group of unicellular calcifying algae that are major contributors to phytoplankton communities and ocean biogeochemistry. Coccolithophores display complex sexual haplo-diplontic life cycles comprising diploid and haploid phases that can multiply independently by mitosis and that...

Breaking up is hard to do: the complexity of the dinoflagellate chloroplast genome Barbrook, Adrian C.; Howe, Christopher J.; Nisbet, R. Ellen R.
Perspectives in Phycology, (2019), p. 31 - 37 Abstract

Dinoflagellates are a diverse and widely distributed protist group, of major environmental and economic importance. Many, but not all, are photosynthetic. Many of the...

Impacts of harmful algal blooms on the aquaculture industry: Chile as a case study Díaz, Patricio A.; Álvarez, Gonzalo; Varela, Daniel; Pérez-Santos, Iván; Díaz, Manuel; Molinet, Carlos; Seguel, Miriam; Aguilera-Belmonte, Alejandra; Guzmán, Leonardo; Uribe, Eduardo; Rengel, José; Hernández, Cristina; Segura, Cristian; Figueroa, Rosa I.
Perspectives in Phycology, (2019), p....
Uncovering the hidden world of the Molecular Life of Diatoms Tsuji, Yoshinori; Matsuda, Yusuke
Perspectives in Phycology, (2019), p. 51 - 58 Abstract

In 1997 the NASA satellite, “Sea Wide Field Sensor (SeaWiFS)” provided breakthrough data when it estimated cryptic oceanic primary productivity and revealed an enormous role for diatoms in the global hydrosphere. Prompted by these findings, research efforts...

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