Part 1. Developments in Key Enabling Technologies
• 1. Commercial Microalgal Cultivation Systems
• 2. Operational, Prophylactic, and Interdictive Technologies for Algal Crop Protection
• 3. Heterotrophic growth of microalgae
• 4. Agronomic Practices for Photoautotrophic Production of Algae Biomass
• 5. Advances in Genetic Engineering of Microalgae
• 6. Optimization of microalgae photosynthetic metabolism to close the gap with potential productivity
• 7. Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic Biology Approaches to Enhancing Production of Long-Chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids in Microalgae
• 8. Integrated Biorefineries for Algal Biomolecules
• 9. Combining microalgae-based wastewater treatment with biofuel and bio-based production in the frame of a biorefinery
• 10. Microalgal consortia: from wastewater treatment to bioenergy production
• 11. Downstream Green Processes for Recovery of Bioactives from Algae
Part 2. Framework and Progress of Practical Applications
• 12. Bioactive Compounds from Microalgae and their Potential Applications as Pharmaceuticals and Nutraceuticals
• 13. Metal Pollution in Water: Toxicity, Tolerance and Use of Algae as a Potential Remediation Solution
• 14. Benefits of Algal Extracts in Sustainable Agriculture
• 15. Deriving Economic Value from Metabolites in Cyanobacteria
• 16. European Union Legislation and Policies Relevant for Algae.
In this book, researchers and practitioners working in the field present the major promises of algae biotechnology and they critically discuss the challenges arising from applications. Based on this assessment, the authors explore the great scientific, industrial and economic potential opened up by algae biotechnology. The first part of the book presents recent developments in key enabling technologies, which are the driving force to unleash the enormous potential of algae biotechnology. The second part of the book focuses on how practical applications of algae biotechnology may provide new solutions to some of the grand challenges of the 21st century.
Algae offer great potential to support the building of a bio-based economy and they can contribute new solutions to some of the grand challenges of the 21st century. Despite significant progress, algae biotechnology is yet far from fulfilling its potential. How to unleash this enormous potential is the challenge that the own field is facing. New cultivation technologies and bioprocess engineering allow for optimization of the operation strategy of state-of the art industrial-scale production systems and they reduce the production costs. Parallel to this, new molecular technologies for genetic and metabolic engineering of (micro)algae develop quickly. The optimization of existing biochemical pathways or the introduction of pathway components makes high-yield production of specific metabolites possible. Novel screening technologies including high-throughput technologies enables testing of extremely large numbers of samples and, thus, allow for large scale modelling of biomolecular processes, which would have not been possible in the past. Moreover, profitable production can demand for integrated biorefining, which combines consecutive processes and various feedstocks to produce both transportation fuel, electric energy and valuable chemicals.
• Provides a complete picture of the algal biotech industry, its products and challenges
• Explores the economic potential of algae biotechnology
• Updates on the latest developments in key technologies applied in algal biotechnology