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Microalgae, with an estimate of almost one million species, are of great ecological importance, as they contribute almost half of the global organic carbon fixation. They provide a variety of natural products to support ecosystems (e.g., coral reef ecosystem) by photosynthesis with efficiencies approximately three times greater than those achieved by land plants. Domesticated microalgae hold great promise for the sustainable provision of various bioresources for human domestic and industrial consumption.

The main interest of SCBE is the evolution, function, and editing of microalgal genomes and design of synthetic biology using microalgae as chassis, including (1) Characterization and engineering crucial biological process and value-added chemical in microalgae (Lu et al., 2021 Nat Comm); (2) Development and application of synthetic biology in cell factory design for medical, industrial, and agriculture ends (Lu et al., 2021 Cri Rev Biotech); (3) Strategy development for heavy-metal remediation approach using microalgae and other microbes (Gan et al., 2017 Adv Sci; Ahmad et al., 2019 Journal of Hazard Mater).

Efforts of our first aim is to shed light on the know-how of the microalgae, the most interesting but far from being fully realized group. The next aim is to exploit their potential as cell factory to produce commodity and specialty chemicals to meet medical, industrial, and agricultural demands. For example, one of our projects is to produce medical peptides for human health. We also study on alga-based growth-promoting chemicals for crops.

People all over the world know China is developing in a fast track. Development is good for mankind, but all the aspects need to be looked after. Increase of CO2 and heavy metal pollution are two examples. It has become a global issue in the recent years as it affects public health. Since the establishment of the Hainan Free Trade Zone, a high standard for environment is required for this island. Therefore, one of our aim is to study on how to restore environmental pollution using these tiny little single cells. Application of microalgae for CO2 capture and carbon neutralism, study on the interaction between microalgae and heavy metals, and the application of such findings in environmental restoration. Our overall aim is to apply the single-cell bioengineering technology for medical, agricultural, and environmental ends and contribute our efforts to the development of world.

 

News

Cell Press    Phycosphere——Aladdin’s magic lamp to diseased waters 2022-08-24
Tropical Plants | Exploring value-added compounds from tropical marine plants 2022-08-24
Qilian Mountain Academic Months of Microalgal Engineering Research Center of Gansu Province and Hexi University 2022-07-02
Prof. Yandu LU and Dong LU (Institute of Modern Physics, CAS) hosted ‘Life Science and Health’ Forum of Lanzhou University of Technology 2022-07-02
Prof. Yandu LU visited Institute of Modern Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences 2022-07-02
Prof. Yandu LU was invited by Algal Industry Association of China and gave a report in Coastal Zone Agriculture Forum 2022-07-02
JACS­—Scientists from SCBE reveal a previously untapped route for the generation of C4-methyl steranes 2022-05-20
Prof. Weimin Ma of Shanghai Normal University gave a presentation to SCBE on Hydrogen production from microalgae! 2022-04-24
Yandu Lu is invited as a Guest Editor in Plants 2022-04-22
Yandu Lu is invited to launch a Research Topic in Frontiers in Marine Science 2022-03-01
SCBE got the National Key Research and Development Program for Synthetic Biology 2022-01-22
Congratulations! Xiangzi Deng got Hainan Innovative Research Project for Graduate Students 2021-11-26
Autumn Barbecue 2021-11-20
SCBE got the Intergovernmental Project of National Key Research and Development Program 2021-11-19
Congratulations! Dr. Fiaz Ahmad won China Postdoctoral Science Foundation 2021-11-07
Congratulations! Our master student Yuting Chen won National Scholarship 2021-11-07
Congratulations! Dr. Mingcan Wu won The Postdoctoral Science Foundation of Hainan Province 2021-11-07
Congratulations! Dr. Fiaz Ahmad won The Postdoctoral Science Foundation of Hainan Province 2021-11-07
Xi Places Great Hopes on Chinese Educators, Education 2021-09-10
SCBE published Microalgal Synthetic Biology paper on Critical Reviews in Biotechnology 2021-08-18

Contact us

Address: State Key Laboratory of Marine Resource Utilization in South China Sea, College of Oceanology, Hainan University, Haikou 570228, Hainan, China

E-mail: ydlu[at]hainanu.edu.cn