Grand Challenges in Marine Biotechnology

  • Pabulo H. Rampelotto
  • Antonio Trincone

Part of the Grand Challenges in Biology and Biotechnology book series (GCBB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. The Promise of the Blue Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Yuly López, Virginio Cepas, Sara M. Soto
      Pages 3-48
    3. Evi Amelia Siahaan, Ratih Pangestuti, Se-Kwon Kim
      Pages 49-95
    4. Elena Ancheeva, Mona El-Neketi, Georgios Daletos, Weaam Ebrahim, Weiguo Song, Wenhan Lin et al.
      Pages 97-155
    5. Rosario Nicoletti, Anna Andolfi
      Pages 157-189
    6. John J. Milledge, Patricia J. Harvey
      Pages 237-258
  3. The Economic Potential of Marine Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. Ricardo Calado, Miguel Costa Leal, Helena Gaspar, Susana Santos, António Marques, Maria Leonor Nunes et al.
      Pages 317-403
    3. Mery Piña, Pierre Colas, Ibon Cancio, Annie Audic, Lucas Bosser, Adelino Canario et al.
      Pages 405-421
  4. Supporting the Development of Marine Biotechnology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 423-423
    2. RuAngelie Edrada-Ebel, Arnthor Ævarsson, Paraskevi Polymenakou, Ute Hentschel, Daniele Carettoni, John Day et al.
      Pages 451-504
    3. Georg Steinert, Carla Huete Stauffer, Nele Aas-Valleriani, Erik Borchert, Agneya Bhushan, Alexandra Campbell et al.
      Pages 505-553
    4. Volker Sieber, Michael Hofer, Wolfram M. Brück, Daniel Garbe, Thomas Brück, Catherine A. Lynch
      Pages 555-578
    5. Arianna Broggiato, Laura E. Lallier, Aysegül Sirakaya, Thomas Vanagt
      Pages 579-599
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 601-616

About this book


This book serves as essential reading for research scientists and biotechnologists from both academia and industry working in marine biotechnology and related disciplines. The book discusses recent advances and challenges in terms of science, technology, innovation, and policy for the development of the field; and how marine biotechnology may provide new solutions to some of the grand challenges faced by our society. Written in an accessible language, the book is also recommended as a reference text for decision-makers in government and non-governmental organizations in their efforts to foster the development of a global blue economy.

 With less than 5 % of the vast and rich marine environment explored, our seas and oceans represent a virtually unexplored resource for the discovery of novel product, processes, and development of bio-inspired synthetic drugs with biotechnological potential. As such, the marine environment has been considered Earth's last frontier of exploration. Recent advances in molecular techniques are providing the necessary tools to access on a larger scale the still-untapped ocean resources and, consequently, unveil the promise of the blue biotechnology. Governments are recognizing the potential of marine biotechnology to provide solutions to some of the Grand Challenges of the 21st Century such as sustainable energy and food sources, identification of novel drugs for improved health treatments, and providing new industrial materials and processes. For this reason, advances in marine biotechnology may foster the much-needed source of innovation and economic growth in many countries, and pave the way towards the development of a global blue economy, i.e. a new economic model based on the sustainable exploration of our ocean ecosystems.


blue biotechnology bioactive molecules sustainable energy source marine microorganisms ecological monitoring

Editors and affiliations

  • Pabulo H. Rampelotto
    • 1
  • Antonio Trincone
    • 2
  1. 1.Federal University of Rio Grande do SulPorto Alegre, Rio Grande do SulBrazil
  2. 2.Istituto di Chimica Biomolecolare, Consiglio Nazionale delle RicerchePozzuoli, NaplesItaly

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