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Euglena International Network (EIN): Driving euglenoid biotechnology for the benefit of a challenged world

Ebenezer, Thank God Echezona; Low, Ross S.; O'Neill, Ellis Charles; Huang, Ishuo; DeSimone, Antonio; Farrow, Scott C.; Field, Robert A.; Ginger, Michael L.; Guerrero, Sergio Adrián; Hammond, Michael; Hampl, Vladimír; Horst, Geoff; Ishikawa, Takahiro; Karnkowska, Anna; Linton, Eric W.; Myler, Peter; Nakazawa, Masami; Cardol, Pierre; Sánchez-Thomas, Rosina; Saville, Barry J.; Shah, Mahfuzur R.; Simpson, Alastair G.B.; Sur, Aakash; Suzuki, Kengo; Tyler, Kevin M.; Zimba, Paul V.; Hall, Neil; Field, Mark C.


Thank God Echezona Ebenezer

Ross S. Low

Ishuo Huang

Antonio DeSimone

Scott C. Farrow

Robert A. Field

Michael L. Ginger

Sergio Adrián Guerrero

Michael Hammond

Vladimír Hampl

Geoff Horst

Takahiro Ishikawa

Anna Karnkowska

Eric W. Linton

Peter Myler

Masami Nakazawa

Pierre Cardol

Rosina Sánchez-Thomas

Barry J. Saville

Mahfuzur R. Shah

Alastair G.B. Simpson

Aakash Sur

Kengo Suzuki

Kevin M. Tyler

Paul V. Zimba

Neil Hall

Mark C. Field


Euglenoids (Euglenida) are unicellular flagellates possessing exceptionally wide geographical and ecological distribution. Euglenoids combine a biotechnological potential with a unique position in the eukaryotic tree of life. In large part these microbes owe this success to diverse genetics including secondary endosymbiosis and likely additional sources of genes. Multiple euglenoid species have translational applications and show great promise in production of biofuels, nutraceuticals, bioremediation, cancer treatments and more exotically as robotics design simulators. An absence of reference genomes currently limits these applications, including development of efficient tools for identification of critical factors in regulation, growth or optimization of metabolic pathways. The Euglena International Network (EIN) seeks to provide a forum to overcome these challenges. EIN has agreed specific goals, mobilized scientists, established a clear roadmap (Grand Challenges), connected academic and industry stakeholders and is currently formulating policy and partnership principles to propel these efforts in a coordinated and efficient manner.


Ebenezer, T. G. E., Low, R. S., O'Neill, E. C., Huang, I., DeSimone, A., Farrow, S. C., …Field, M. C. (2022). Euglena International Network (EIN): Driving euglenoid biotechnology for the benefit of a challenged world. Biology Open, 11(11), Article 059561.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 22, 2022
Online Publication Date Nov 22, 2022
Publication Date Nov 22, 2022
Deposit Date Nov 29, 2022
Publicly Available Date Dec 2, 2022
Journal Biology Open
Electronic ISSN 2046-6390
Publisher Company of Biologists
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 11
Issue 11
Article Number 059561
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