Valorization of microalgal biomass

Alexandra Cristina Blaga1, Dan Cascaval1, Lenuta Kloetzer1, Alexandra Tucaliuc1, Anca Irina Galaction2

1 Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Environmental Protection, Organic, Biochemical and Food Engineering Department, 73 Prof. Dr. Docent Dimitrie Mangeron Street, 700050 Iasi, Romania
2 Grigore T. Popa University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medical Bioengineering, Biomedical Science Department, 9-13 M. Kogalniceanu Street, 700454 Iasi, Romania

Abstract


Microalgae can be considered as significant sources of sustainable and beneficial biocompounds such as carotenoids, lipids, proteins, polysaccharides, pigments, vitamins etc., with many uses in energy production (biofuels), pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food industries. This class of microorganisms are considered as sustainable feedstock due to some major advantages related to metabolism modulation, faster growth rate compared to plants, no use of terrestrial land. This review will present the most important bioactive compounds founded in microalgae, with high potential impact in industry and the technologies used for cultivation and downstream processes.

Keywords


biomass; bioproducts; microalgae; valorisation

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