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Microalgal Biotechnology
Bioprospecting Microalgae for Functional Metabolites towards Commercial and Sustainable Applications

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ISBN 9781774912379
May 5, 2023 Forthcoming by Apple Academic Press
340 Pages 8 Color & 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Microalgae are a valuable resource of carbon materials that may be used in biofuels, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and health supplements. Still, there are tremendous challenges in the microalgae production process, such as mass cultivation, strain improvement, biomass disruption, and reprocessing of nutrients and water that have been the encumbering microalgal industry in several ways. Microalgal biotechnology has the capability to introduce remarkable breakthroughs and innovations. This volume brings together current advancements in the field of microalgal biotechnology to provide understanding of the fundamentals and progress of the industry-oriented technologies.

The volume covers biofuel production and its technical challenges; current trends of microalgae in agriculture, aquaculture and food biotechnology; market space; biosafety and other regulatory issues; and sustainability of microalgal products. The volume first provides insight into desmids and other conjugating algae along with prospective trends of diatoms. It then goes on to explore the commercial applications of microalgae that take advantage of their bioactive compounds, natural colorants, and functional metabolites. The role of microalgae in agriculture, aquaculture, and the food sector are discussed, and tools from genome manipulation to bioprocess engineering are studied. Several chapters focus on future prospects of biofuel and biodiesel production for environmental and economic viability.

The key features of the book:

  • Presents the role of microalgae in various industries including food, agriculture, aquaculture, biofuel, and metabolites
  • Shows the historical and prospective use of microalgae elements for economic and ecological benefits
  • Explains the integrated technologies for massive production of microalgae-derived products
  • Includes the various industrial case studies to improve the sustainable production of microalgae products
  • Discusses current developments and confronts in microalgae bioprocessing

Microalgal Biotechnology: Bioprospecting Microalgae for Functional Metabolites towards Commercial and Sustainable Applications will be a useful reference for academicians, researchers, industry professionals, postgraduate students, and policymakers who are interested in future prospects of microalgae commercialization.

Table of Contents

1. Applied Studies on Desmids and Other Conjugating Algae (Zygnematophyceae, streptophyta) 2. Diatoms: Commercial Applications and Prospective Trends 3. Microalgae as a Potential Source of Bioactive Compounds and Functional Ingredients 4. Microalgae: A Valuable Source of Natural Colorants for Commercial Applications 5. Functional Metabolites from Microalgae for Multiple Commercial Streams 6. Role of Microalgae in Agriculture 7. Potential Application of Microalgae in Aquaculture 8. Microalgal Food Biotechnology: Prospects and Applications 9. Biofuel Production from Microalgae: Current Trends and Future Perspectives 10. Recent Developments in Biodiesel Production from Heterotrophic Microalgae: Insights and Future Prospects

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Jeyabalan Sangeetha, PhD, is Assistant Professor at Central University of Kerala, Kasaragod, South India. She has edited/coedited several books in her research areas, which include environmental toxicology, environmental microbiology, environmental biotechnology, and environmental nanotechnology. She earned her BSc in Microbiology and PhD in Environmental Science from Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India. She holds an MSc in Environmental Science from Bharathiar University, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. She is the recipient of a Tamil Nadu Government Scholarship and a Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship of the University Grants Commission, Government of India, for her doctoral studies. She served as a Dr. D.S. Kothari Postdoctoral Fellow and UGC Postdoctoral Fellow at Karnatak University, Dharwad, South India, during 2012–2016 with funding from the University Grants Commission, Government of India, New Delhi.

Svetlana Codreanu, PhD, is Associate Professor, working at the Institute of Microbiology and Biotechnology in Chisinau, Republic of Moldova, as well as co-founder of the Moldovan Society for Microbiology and a FEMS delegate. She studied biology and obtained her PhD in Microbiology from Moldova State University. Her current scientific research focuses on applied phycology and biotechnology. She is regularly involved as an evaluator of scientific projects and research infrastructures and is a reviewer of scientific journals and abstract selections in conferences and PhD defenses. She is author and co-author of over 100 scientific publications and 17 patents. She received numerous awards, including the WIPO Award and Gold Medal.

Devarajan Thangadurai, PhD, is Associate Professor at Karnatak University in South India. He has authored/edited over 30 books with national and international publishers and has visited 24 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East for academic visits, scientific meetings, and international collaborations. He received his PhD in Botany from Sri Krishnadevaraya University in South India as a CSIR Senior Research Fellow with funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. He served as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Madeira, Portugal; University of Delhi, India; and ICAR National Research Centre for Banana, India. He is the recipient of a Best Young Scientist Award with a Gold Medal from Acharya Nagarjuna University, India, and the VGST-SMYSR Young Scientist Award of the Government of Karnataka, Republic of India.