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Commercial exploitation of marine microalgae: updating old methods of biomass and compound production

Heuvel, F.H.M.van den (2009) Commercial exploitation of marine microalgae: updating old methods of biomass and compound production. Bachelor's Thesis, Biology.

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Microalgal exploitation has been going on for millennia. In recent years the interest in biotechnologically interesting compounds produced by microalgae has increased, especially since old sources of various commercial applications are becoming scarcer or are being forbidden. However some of the microalgae applications have been used for years now and the applied species or cultivation methods might be outdated. This literature research aims to see if the following applications can be updated: microalgal production of biofuel, antifouling compounds, nutrition and pharmaceutical biochemicals. To get an answer various aspects of microalgal exploitation are looked at, such as: biotechnologically relevant microalgal species, benefits of using microalgae versus other systems (e.g. yeast and bacteria), different methods for large-scale microalgae biomass production and different forms of commercial exploitation of microalgae. The commercial applications that can be updated are production of antifouling compounds, vitamin production, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) production and pharmaceutical biochemicals production. In addition, for commercial applications to be effectively updated more research is needed into the screening of microalgal compounds and into the design and testing of new large-scale bioreactors for the mass cultivation of microalgae.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's Thesis)
Degree programme: Biology
Thesis type: Bachelor's Thesis
Language: English
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 07:28
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2018 07:28

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