The Blue Biotechnology Journal is a peer-reviewed journal that covers all aspects of Marine Biotechnology research, developments, and applications. The Journal reports novel and innovative works that contribute to the achievements of blue biotechnology research. Rapid publication via print and electronic formats allows the Journal to serve as a central source of information for scientists specializing in the field and to act as a forum for the collaboration and dissemination of knowledge. The Journal focuses on the world’s oceans as the next frontier for intensive biological investigation, resource development and management, and derivative industrial applications. In addition to high-quality research papers, the Journal welcomes and publishes mini reviews, short communications, letters to the Editor, book and software reviews, as well as other relevant information about worldwide meetings, courses, and educational developments.
The following is an outline of the areas covered by the Journal:
biotechnological approaches, mechanisms, and applications that address key environmental issues such as, the development of automated high-resolution biosensing technologies that allow in situ marine environmental monitoring, prediction, and detection of Harmful Algal Blooms and human health hazards. The development of cost-effective and non-toxic antifouling technologies that combine novel antifouling compounds and surface engineering; the consolidation of knowledge on DNA-based technologies for organism- and population-identification.
Marine renewable energy:
development and demonstration of viable renewable energy products and processes using offshore wind, Marine biomass, wave, tide, ocean current, osmotic gradient, thermal gradient.
Bio-engineering of marine micro-organisms:
marine micro-organism cultivation systems, productivity, and cost. Innovative photobioreactors adapted to different species and production, as well as research on the biorefinery approach based on microalgae production.
Genomics and meta-genomics, molecular biology in life Sciences:
genomic analyses of marine organisms, including the systematic sampling of different microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, archaea, pico, and microplankton), algae and invertebrate taxa. Metagenomic studies of aquatic microbiomes and macrobiomes.
The use of marine algae:
produce an inventory of microalgae resources for biofuel production; improve knowledge of basic biological functions, tools for steering the metabolism and cultivation methods of marine microalgae, enhance lipid productivity and obtain microalgae with optimum characteristics for mass cultivation (mixed & mono cultures), biofuel production and biorefinery; develop efficient harvest, separation and purification processes for micro-and macroalgae. Applications of marine algae in water treatment, anti-corrosion and antifouling are also welcome.
Cultivation of marine organisms:
develop enabling technologies for culture and isolation of uncultivated microorganisms. Develop innovative culture methods adapted to vertebrate or invertebrate cell lines for production of active compounds.
development of food products and ingredients of marine origin (algae, invertebrates, fish) with optimal nutritional properties for human health such as develop innovative methods based on omics and systems biology for selective breeding of aquaculture species; develop biotechnological applications and methods to increase sustainability of aquaculture production, including alternative preventive and therapeutic measures to enhance environmental welfare, sustainable production technologies for feed supply, and zero-waste recirculation systems; integration of new, low environmental impact feed ingredients to improve quality of products and human health benefits.
Industrial products and processes:
development of marine-derived molecules exploitable by industry including enzymes, biopolymers and biomaterials such as develop enabling technologies for high throughput enzyme screening and for the expression of marine proteins and enzymes through dedicated hosts; produce marine biopolymers as novel competitive commercial products in food, cosmetics and health.
development of novel drugs, treatments and health and personal care products such as increase the focus on the basic research (taxonomy, systematics, physiology, molecular genetics and chemical ecology) of marine species and organisms from unusual and extreme environments; improve the technical aspects of the biodiscovery pipeline, including the separation of bioactives, bio-assays that can accommodate diverse material from marine sources, dereplication strategies and structure determination methods and software; overcome the supply problem to provide a sustainable source of novel pharmaceutical and healthcare products through scientific advances in the fields of aquaculture, microbial and tissue culture, chemical synthesis and biosynthetic engineering.
for green maritime transport, human health and nutritional, medical and cosmetic purpose.