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Wael N. Hozzein

Beni-Suef University

Prof. Hozzein is the author of more than 100 publications, an editorial board member for Microbiology Insights (SAGE journals), and a reviewer for Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Journal, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, etc. In the past, he also worked as a visiting scientist at Newcastle University, UK, and Michigan State University, USA.


Structure Morphology Microstructure Forms Molecular Biology Sequence Analysis Genome Sequences Comparative Genomics Applications Habitats Resistance Mechanisms Extreme Environments

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Cyanobacteria are an interesting group of bacteria for their unique characteristics and potential biotechnological applications. They are photosynthetic autotrophs and are among the earliest forms of life to colonize the earth. Cyanobacteria are very important for life on earth because they are oxygenic organisms that also play crucial roles in the cycles of carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen. Interestingly, they have unique specialized cells called heterocysts for nitrogen fixation, have circadian rhythms and can survive in different hostile habitats. Therefore, they are ideal model organisms for studying photosynthesis, nitrogen fixation and other biological processes. In addition, cyanobacteria are well recognized for their potential for a variety of biotechnological applications. They were reported to produce a wide array of novel antimicrobial and anticancer compounds that are attracting interest from the pharmaceutical industry for drug development. Also, they have various applications in agriculture as potential biofertilizers or in the industry for biofuel production in addition to many other biotechnological applications. Though cyanobacteria are very important microorganisms, their classification and phylogenetic relationships among other bacterial lineages were puzzled. Given the recent advances in molecular data, bioinformatics and available completed genomes sequences, the evolution and taxonomy of these bacteria can be revealed. Another aspect of interest is the role cyanobacteria play in the ecosystem functionality and interactions with other organisms. In this regard, it is interesting to understand how the cyanobacteria adapt to such a wide range of environments and environmental stresses as well as the resistance mechanisms.

This book will be essential for anyone with an interest in cyanobacteria and its topics will cover different aspects including their taxonomy, ecology and applications. It is meant as a useful resource for students, researchers and professionals studying or working with cyanobacteria.

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Wael N. Hozzein

Beni-Suef University

Prof. Wael N. Hozzein is a professor of microbiology at the Faculty of Science, Beni-Suef University, Egypt. He received his PhD from Cairo University, Egypt, in 2003, and then worked as a visiting scientist at Newcastle University, UK, and Michigan State University, USA. Recently, he worked as the chair professor of the Bioproducts Research Chair at King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. He has vast experience in the field of bacterial taxonomy with research interests in microbial biodiversity and applications. Prof. Hozzein is the author of more than 140 publications and a guest editor and reviewer for several international journals. Additionally, he has been involved in many academic activities and educational reform projects and initiatives. He has been the principal investigator for several funded grants and has also received several awards, for example the State Encouragement Prize in Biological Sciences for 2015, Egypt.

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