Surveying a diverse pool of microalgae as a bioresource for future biotechnological applications

Jakob, Gisela, Wolf, Juliane, Bui, Tony V. L., Posten, Clemens, Kruse, Olaf, Stephens, Evan, Ross, Ian L. and Hankamer, Benjamin (2013) Surveying a diverse pool of microalgae as a bioresource for future biotechnological applications. Journal of Petroleum and Environmental Biotechnology, 4 5: 1000153.1-1000153.8. doi:10.4172/2157-7463.1000153

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Author Jakob, Gisela
Wolf, Juliane
Bui, Tony V. L.
Posten, Clemens
Kruse, Olaf
Stephens, Evan
Ross, Ian L.
Hankamer, Benjamin
Title Surveying a diverse pool of microalgae as a bioresource for future biotechnological applications
Journal name Journal of Petroleum and Environmental Biotechnology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2157-7463
Publication date 2013-09-23
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.4172/2157-7463.1000153
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 4
Issue 5
Start page 1000153.1
End page 1000153.8
Total pages 8
Place of publication Los Angeles, CA, United States
Publisher OMICS
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract Resource limitation is an escalating concern given human expansion and development. Algae are increasingly recognised as a promising bioresource and the range of cultivated species and their products is expanding. Compared to terrestrial crops, microalgae are very biodiverse and offer considerable versatility for a range of biotechnological applications including the production of animal feeds, fuels, high value products and waste-water treatment. Despite their versatility and capacity for high biomass productivity on non-arable land, attempts to harness microalgae for commercial benefit have been limited. This is in large part due to capital costs and energy inputs remaining high, the necessity of identifying ‘suitable’ land with proximal resource and infrastructure availability and the need for process and strain optimisation. Microalgae represent a relatively unexplored bioresource both for native and engineered strains. Success in this area requires (1) appropriate methods to source and isolate microalgae strains, (2) efficient maintenance of motherstocks, (3) rapid strain characterisation and correct matching of strains to applications, (4) ensuring productive and stable cultivation at scale, and (5) ongoing strain development (breeding, adaptation and engineering). This article illustrates a survey and isolation of over 150 local microalgae strains as a bioresource for ongoing strain development and biotechnological applications.
Keyword Microalgae
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