Association/Company: Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II
Obtaining more from microalgae
The physiological and metabolic microalgal processes of greatest interest for the production of high value molecules
Some of the commercially important products made by microalgae include biofuels (i.e., biodiesel, biohydrogen), high value products (i.e., astaxanthin, P-carotene), polyunsaturated fatty acids (i.e., omega-3-fatty acids), farming products (i.e., animal and fish feeds, fertilizer), proteins, and miscellaneous products that have various applications.
A deep understanding of algal physiology and biochemistry is one of the most important factors both in the selection of new species and strains potentially suitable for large-scale cultures, and in optimizing productivity and to manipulate the biochemical composition of cells in order to obtain commercially attractants products.