19th International Conference on the Cell and Molecular Biology of Chlamydomonas
29 Aug-3 Sep 2021 83140 Six-Fours-les-Plages (France)

A special issue of "Plants" on Chlamydomonas

A Special Issue of the MDPI journal Plants (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/plants/) will celebrate the 19th International Conference on the Cell and Molecular Biology of Chlamydomonas ("Chlamy 2020"). This special issue can host research presented at the Chlamydomonas meeting, or not. Any article dealing with Chlamydomonas biology or using Chlamydomonas as the main research organism is welcome. Deadline for submission is Dec 31, 2020. Reviews can also be considered, please ask ovallon@ibpc.fr.

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"Chlamydomonas, the reference alga"

Guest editor: Olivier Vallon

Fundamental research in biology has always heavily relied on "model organisms" which can serve as a reference for research led on other life forms provided they are evolutionarily related or share key properties. The unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii ranks among the most powerful model organisms, thanks to a series of characteristics that facilitate research and extrapolation of its results. It is a good representative of the algal world, in particular of green microalgae. It is very similar to land plants in many respects, for example in the constitution and regulation of its photosynthetic apparatus. Its metabolic plasticity, in particular its ability to grow on acetate as sole C-source, allows obtention of auxotrophs and non-photosynthetic mutants that grow as vigorously as the wild type. It harbours two motile cilia (or flagella), highly similar to that of human and other eukaryotes, including in their biogenesis and molecular mechanisms. Being a haplobiontic microbe, it is easily amenable to genetic manipulation, from the obtention and screening of large collections of mutants to the molecular mapping and combination of mutations. Its low footprint (hundreds of clones can grow on a single Petri dish), fast growth (doubling time as low as 6h), short life cycle (3 weeks between generations) and powerful genetic tools (fully-mastered sexual cycle, vegetative and sporulable diploid stages, vast collections of markers and polymorphic strains, well-assembled and carefully annotated genomes, easy transformation, including CRISPR-Cas genome editing) allow rapid progress of all types of research programs in such diverse areas as photosynthesis and chloroplast biology, central metabolism and its regulation, structure, function and biogenesis of cilia and basal bodies, cell cycle, circadian rhythm, epigenetic mechanisms, signaling etc… Its pluricellular relatives shed light on transition to multicellularity. It is also a choice model for algal biotechnology.

The purpose of this Special issue is to offer a platform for current research on Chlamydomonas. All aspects of its biology will be coverered, including cell biology and physiology, mutant or variants studies, genome-wide analyses, development of methods and resources, biotechnological applications etc…

Another reason to consider submitting an article to the special issue: Plants will select the most remarkable paper from this Special Issue and award the first author a "Best Paper Award" of CH 500 !

Visit the Special Issue website (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/plants/special_issues/Chlamy2020) for more information

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