Algal biorefinery: sustainable production of biofuels and aquaculture feed?

Ahmed, Faruq, Li, Yan, and Schenk, Peer M. (2012) Algal biorefinery: sustainable production of biofuels and aquaculture feed? In: Gordon, Richard, and Seckbach, Joseph, (eds.) The Science of Algal Fuels: phycology, geology, biophotonics, genomics and nanotechnology. Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology, 25 . Springer, Dordrecht, the Netherlands, pp. 21-41.

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With increased human consumption, fossil fuels and global fish stocks are rapidly depleting which has caused significant environmental and ecological damage. Current bioenergy crops compete with arable land or biodiverse landscapes, and current aquaculture is heavily dependent on wild fish for aquaculture feed. Microalgae are miniature biochemical factories and, in terms of global ecological footprint, could make a greater contribution than terrestrial plants in fixing CO₂ and converting solar energy into chemical energy and nutrients. With recent research progress in algal cultivation and biotechnology, microalgae have great potential as sustainable feedstock for the production of biofuels and aquaculture feed with a number of environmental benefits. This book chapter will review the advances in the use of microalgae as part of a multiple product biorefinery for generation of renewable biofuels and aquaculture feed.

Item ID: 27227
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-94-007-5109-5
ISSN: 1566-0400
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 04:16
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0607 Plant Biology > 060701 Phycology (incl Marine Grasses) @ 50%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070401 Aquaculture @ 50%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 50%
83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8301 Fisheries - Aquaculture > 830102 Aquaculture Fin Fish (excl. Tuna) @ 30%
83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8398 Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production > 839899 Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production not elsewhere classified @ 20%
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