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Microalgal Production for Biomass and High-Value Products

1st Edition

Edited by Stephen P. Slocombe, John R. Benemann

CRC Press

376 pages | 22 Color Illus. | 96 B/W Illus.

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Microalgae are a particularly interesting source of products that range from currently marketed human nutritionals and food ingredients, to potential sources of biofuels and animal feeds. Rapid advances in technology and commercial development are taking place worldwide. Importantly, algal cultivation does not compete with agriculture for land, water, and in some cases, fertilizer resources.

Microalgal Production for Biomass and High-Value Products covers the field from a variety of perspectives with 14 chapters contributed by recognized academic experts and industrial practitioners. The book presents the latest technologies and innovations in algal biomass production, from cultivation in open ponds and photobioreactors, to strain selection, synthetic biology, pest control, harvesting, and processing. It explores novel algal products and addresses key issues, including markets, supply chains, business strategies, legal issues, current products, and future prospects.

This book brings together the latest advances of interest to those already working in the field while providing an introduction to those beginning to learn about the promise of microalgae as a sustainable source of both specialty and commodity products. It gives stimulating overviews from many different perspectives that describe how laboratory and applied research are creating advances in commercial microalgae production. It also addresses the still many open questions and challenges in this field.

Table of Contents

Algal Photosynthesis and Physiology

John A. Raven and John Beardall

Algal Growth Kinetics and Productivity

Joseph Weissman and Robert Nielsen

Microalgae Strain Isolation, Screening, and Identification for Biofuels and High-Value Products

Peter Neofotis, Andy Huang, William Chang, Floral Joseph, and Juergen E.W. Polle

Screening and Improvement of Marine Microalgae for Oil Production

Stephen P. Slocombe, QianYi Zhang, Michael Ross, Michele S. Stanley, and John G. Day

Estimating the Maximum Achievable Productivity in Outdoor Ponds: Microalgae Biomass Growth Modeling and Climate-Simulated Culturing

Michael Huesemann, Mark Wigmosta, Braden Crowe, Peter Waller, Aaron Chavis, Samuel Hobbs, Scott Edmundson, Boris Chubukov, Vincent J. Tocco, and André Coleman

Genetic Engineering of Microalgae: Current Status and Future Prospects

Andrew Spicer and Saul Purton

Crop Protection in Open Ponds

Robert C. McBride, Val H. Smith, Laura T. Carney, and Todd W. Lane

Molecular Diagnostic Solutions in Algal Cultivation Systems

Laura T. Carney, Robert C. McBride, Val H. Smith, and Todd W. Lane

Terrestrial Agriculture and Aquaculture Waste Treatment

Gregory Schwartz and David E. Brune

Supply of CO2 to Closed and Open Photobioreactors

F. Gabriel Acién, Jose Maria Fernández-Sevilla, and Emilio Molina Grima

Harvesting and Dewatering of High-Productivity Bulk Microalgae Systems

Navid R. Moheimani, Mark P. McHenry, Koenraad Muylaert, and Patrick V. Brady

Cultivation of Haematococcus pluvialis for Astaxanthin Production

Jianguo Liu, John P. van der Meer, Litao Zhang, and Yong Zhang

ALGAFARM: A Case Study of Industrial Chlorella Production

Diana B. da Fonseca, Luís T. Guerra, Edgar T. Santos, Sofia H. Mendonça, Joana G. Silva, Luís A. Costa, and João C. Navalho

Heterotrophic Culturing of Microalgae

Roberto E. Armenta and Zhiyong Sun

About the Editors

Stephen P. Slocombe, PhD, is an experienced plant molecular biologist, working on microalgal biotechnology at the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences (SAMS) in Oban, United Kingdom, since 2009. He earned his PhD in botany from the University of Leicester. He has published extensively on biotechnology-related topics such as the regulation of plant lipid metabolism. At SAMS, he oversaw the screening of microalgal collection and is currently working on improving oil production and other biotechnological applications in marine microalgae, using molecular and physiological approaches.

John R. Benemann, PhD, is CEO of MicroBio Engineering, Inc., a research and consulting engineering company located in San Luis Obispo, California and focused on wastewater treatment and algal technologies. He earned his PhD in biochemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. He has founded two other companies, was an associate professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and is a founding director of the Algae Biomass Organization, a trade organization. He is a member of the Executive Committees of the International Society for Applied Phycology and the European Algae Biomass Association. He has published extensively and is a frequent conference speaker.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
NATURE / Environmental Conservation & Protection
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Environmental / General