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The Algae World

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  • This volume has been carefully written and edited with an interdisciplinary appeal and aims to bring all aspects of Algae together in one volume
  • Containing 22 chapters authored by eminent researchers from across the World
  • Provides an alternative outlook and encouragement to readers and students on the beauty and use of Algae

Part of the book series: Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology (COLE, volume 26)

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Algal World has been carefully written and edited with an interdisciplinary appeal and aims to bring all aspects of Algae together in one volume. The 22 chapters are divided into two different parts which have been authored by eminent researchers from across the world. The first part, Biology of Algae, contains 10 chapters dealing with the general characteristics, classification and description of different groups such as Blue Green Algae, Green Algae, Brown Algae, Red Algae, Diatoms, Xanthophyceae, Dinophyceae, etc. In , it has two important chapters covering Algae in Extreme Environments and Life Histories and Growth Forms in Green Algae. The second part, Applied Phycology, contains 12 chapters dealing with the more applied aspects ranging from Algal Biotechnology, Biofuel, Phycoremediation, Bioactive Compounds, Biofertilizer, Fatty Acids, Harmful Algal Blooms, Industrial Applications of Seaweeds, Nanotechnology, Phylogenomics and Algal culture Techniques, etc.

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Table of contents (22 chapters)

  1. Biology of Algae

  2. Applied Phycology

Editors and Affiliations

  • Marine Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Botany, University of Delhi, Delhi, India

    Dinabandhu Sahoo

  • The Hebrew Univ Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

    Joseph Seckbach

About the editors

Prof. Dinabandhu Sahoo is a full professor at the Department of Botany, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007, India. He obtained his M. Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Delhi. He has been actively engaged in research and teaching in the field of Algae since 1983. His major research interests include Algal Biofuel and Carbon dioxide capture, Seaweeds Biology, their cultivation  and utilization. He was the First Indian student to visit Antarctica during 1987-88 in the 7th Indian Scientific Expedition to Antarctica and  was part of the team which laid the Foundation for “MAITRI”   India’s  permanent Scientific station in Antarctica. Subsequently he undertook two trips to Arctic during 1991 and 1992. He has visited all the seven continents and five oceans within a record time of 18 months during 1987-89. He was a visiting fellow at Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA; INSA –JSPS visiting fellow at USA Marine Biology laboratory, Japan; visiting fellow at University of Connecticut, Stamford, USA and traveled extensively to many parts of the world. As the Convener, he organized an International Conference on Applied Phycology entitled “Algae in Biotechnology and Environment" in 2006, 7th Asia Pacific Conference on Algal Biotechnology in 2009 and International Algal Summit in 2012 at New Delhi, India. He has been a Member of the Working Group of Asian Network for using Algae as CO

sink, Council member of Asia –Pacific Society for Applied Phycology  and  Secretary of Indian Phycological Society. Prof. Sahoo is recipient of several awards including Young Scientist Award.He received the highest award from National Environmental Science Academy, India in 2009 for his outstanding contribution in the field of Marine Science. He has been featured amongst India’s twenty social entrepreneur in the best selling  book “I have a Dream” which is now being translated into several Indian Languages He has published a number of research papers and books on algae and related fields. 

Professor Joseph Seckbach has been the founder and chief editor of Cellular Origins, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology (“COLE”) with ~30 books in that series. He has co-edited other volumes, such as the Proceeding of Endocytobiology VII Conference (Freiburg, Germany) and the Proceedings of Algae and Extreme Environments meeting (Trebon, Czech Republic). See His edited the recent volume (with Richard Gordon) entitled Divine Action and Natural Selection: Science, Faith, and Evolution published by World Scientific Publishing Company. He is currently still busy with new books publications and new chapters. Dr. Seckbach earned 

his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago (1965) and did a post doctorate in the Division of Biology at Caltech, in Pasadena, CA.  He headed a group at UCLA studying the life possibilities on Venus, later he was appointed to the Hebrew University, Jerusalem and spent sabbaticals at UCLA and Harvard University. Dr. Seckbach enjoyed his DAAD-sponsored (The German Academic Exchange) periods in Tübingen, Germany, and at LMU, Munich. He served at Louisiana State University (LSU), Baton Rouge, LA, USA, as the first selected Chair for the Louisiana Sea Grant and Technology transfer. Beyond editing academic volumes, he has published ~ 140 scientific articles on plant ferritin–phytoferritin, cellular evolution, acidothermophilic algae, life in extreme environments and on Astrobio-logy. He also edited and translated several popular books. Dr. Seckbach is the co-author, with R. Ikan, of the Hebrew-language Chemistry Lexicon (two editions by Deveer publisher, Tel-Aviv). His recent interest is in the field of enigmatic microorganisms as the life in extreme environments and Astrobiology. He enjoys visiting many Universities and Institutes and presenting there seminars on his studies.

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