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A Brief History of Cyanobacterial Research: Past, Present, and Future Prospects

Donald A. Bryant
from: The Cell Biology of Cyanobacteria (Edited by: Enrique Flores and Antonia Herrero). Caister Academic Press, U.K. (2014)


There is no Abstract for this chapter. The text below is the first paragraph of the Introduction. When Antonia and Enrique invited me to write an introductory chapter for their latest book summarizing recent research on cyanobacteria, I thought that it would be a simple task. However, as I thought about it more and more, and as is typical for me procrastinated longer and longer, I became ever more blocked as I looked backward and as time marched forward. Approaches to this chapter seemed either to require too much detail or too little, or so it seemed to me. One would think that after forty years, one might actually have found something worthwhile to say. Yikes!! Forty years! It has now been forty years since I started my long affair with cyanobacteria and research during my first rotation project as a graduate student at UCLA so many years ago in September 1972. Clearly, I believe that it has been a long but very exciting journey. No doubt about it, though: forty years is a long time to do any one thing, and still love it! I finally decided to write just a few brief overview comments concerning my perceptions about this field of science and those, including myself, who have tried in recent years to summarize the collective progress in monographs. So, especially for you newcomers to this field, this will be my limited attempt to describe where this field started, where I started, where the research focus has been recently, and where it might be going for the next 10 years. If one should be so inclined, it also provides a pathway to obtain a historical perspective on the field, especially over the last 60 years read more ...
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