255 pages | 22 B/W Illus.
Microalgae are an invaluable biomass source with potential uses that could lead to environmental and economic benefits for society. Biotechnological Applications of Microalgae: Biodiesel and Value Added Products presents the latest developments and recent research trends with a focus on potential biotechnologically related uses of microalgae. It gives an analysis of microalgal biology, ecology, biotechnology, and biofuel production capacity as well as a thorough discussion on the value added products that can be generated from diverse microalgae.
The book provides a detailed discussion of microalgal strain selection for biodiesel production, a key factor in successful microalgal cultivation and generation of desired biofuel products. It also describes microalagal enumeration methods, harvesting and dewatering techniques, and the design, and the pros and cons, of the two most common methods for cultivation—open raceway ponds and photobioreactors. Chapters cover lipid extraction and identification, chemical and biological methods for transesterification of microalgal lipids, and procedures involved in life cycle analysis of microalgae. They also examine the importance of microalgal cultivation for climate change abatement through CO2 sequestration and microalgae involvement in phycoremediation of domestic and industrial wastewaters.
The book concludes with a general discussion of microalgal biotechnology and its potential as a modern "green gold rush." The final chapter provides an overview of advanced techniques such as genetic engineering of microalgae to increase lipid yield. This book provides a one-stop benchmark reference on microalgal biotechnology, considering all aspects, from microalgal screening to production of biofuels and other value added products.
The Biology of Microalgae
Ranganathan Rajkumar and Zahira Yaakob
Strain Selection for Biodiesel Production
Enumeration of Microalgal Cells
Taurai Mutanda and Faizal Bux
Microalgal Cultivation Reactor Systems
Melinda J. Griffiths
Harvesting of Microalgal Biomass
Manjinder Singh, Rekha Shukla, and Keshav Das
Lipid Identification and Extraction Techniques
Synthesis of Biodiesel/Bio-oil from Microalgae
Bhaskar Singh, Yun Liu, and Yogesh C. Sharma
Analysis of Microalgal Biorefineries for Bioenergy from an Environmental and Economic Perspective Focus on Algal Biodiesel
Susan T.L. Harrison, Christine Richardson, and Melinda J. Griffiths
Value-Added Products from Microalgae
Terisha Naidoo, Nodumo Zulu, Dheepak Maharajh, and Rajesh Lalloo
Algae-Mediated Carbon Dioxide Sequestration for Climate Change Mitigation and Conversion to Value-Added Products
Ajam Shekh, Kannan Krishnamurthi, Raju Yadav, Sivanesan Devi, Tapan Chakrabarti, Sandeep Mudliar, Vikas Chauhan, Ravi Sarada, and Sanniyasi Elumalai
Phycoremediation by High-Rate Algal Ponds (HRAPs)
Ismail Rawat, Ramanathan Ranjith Kumar, and Faizal Bux
Microalgal Biotechnology: Today’s (Green) Gold Rush
Ravi Venkata Durvasula, Durvasula Subba Rao, and Vadrevu Sreehari Rao