Perspectives on marine phytoplankton as sources of nutrition an bioenergy

Li, Y., Qin, J.G., Ball, A.S., and Moore, R.B. (2009) Perspectives on marine phytoplankton as sources of nutrition an bioenergy. In: Kersey, William T., and Munger, Samuel P., (eds.) Marine Phytoplankton. Oceanography and Ocean Engineering Series . Nova Science, Hauppage, New York, USA, pp. 187-203.

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Marine phytoplankton cells are invisible to the human eye but they have important economic applications for humans. Through photosynthesis, phytoplankton are able to convert carbon dioxide and inorganic nutrients into usable organic compounds such as vitamins, protein, fatty acids and carbohydrates. With recent research progress in algal biotechnology, marine phytoplankton have become increasingly important as feedstocks for industrial processing applications due to their fast growth and their novel products. As a result, increasing numbers of entrepreneurs are exploring and investing in marine phytoplankton as sources of food additives, pharmaceuticals, therapeutics and bioenergy. This chapter reviews recent advances in the use of marine microalgae for these applications and explores their current status and their potential in the near term.

Item ID: 27229
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-1-60741-087-4
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2013 02:39
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0607 Plant Biology > 060701 Phycology (incl Marine Grasses) @ 50%
10 TECHNOLOGY > 1003 Industrial Biotechnology > 100302 Bioprocessing, Bioproduction and Bioproducts @ 50%
SEO Codes: 85 ENERGY > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850501 Biofuel (Biomass) Energy @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 50%
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