A new thematic series on transgenic plants for biofuels

During 2012, Biotechnology for Biofuels welcomes submissions to a special thematic series on transgenic plants for enhanced biofuel production.

The series will cover genetic modification of plant biomass traits to improve downstream processes such as enzymatic conversion, fermentation, pyrolysis and gasification. Studies focussing on plant modification for bio-production are equally welcome, such as those targeting production of oil for biodiesel or enzymes for the biofuels industry. Research or methodology articles should have an applied context and explore gene functions relevant to biofuel production, however, studies do not need to show a full mechanistic story. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

•    Production of conversion enzymes in plant systems
•    Xylem engineering
•    Sugar release and composition
•    Inhibitor content
•    Composition of hydrolysate
•    Pyrolysis and gasification characteristics
•    Oil profiles for biodiesel production
•    Regulatory implications for GM of dedicated bioenergy crops


Submission of original research and methodology articles will be encouraged until 1st November 2012 and will be subject to peer-review. Editorially accepted articles will be published as soon as they become ready, as part of a continuous series.

To submit your manuscript, please use the online submission system and indicate in your covering letter that you would like the manuscript to be considered for the transgenic plants special issue.

If you would like to enquire about the suitability of a study for consideration, please email a presubmission enquiry to editorial@biotechnologyforbiofuels.com

Helen Whitaker

Journal Development Manager at BioMed Central
Helen is part of the Biological Sciences publishing team at BioMed Central. She obtained her PhD in molecular ecology from the University of Glasgow, UK. Her post-doctoral studies in aquaculture genetics took her from Scotland to South Africa, before joining BMC in 2008.

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