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Title: Flocculation as a low-cost method for harvesting microalgae for bulk biomass production
Authors: Vandamme, Dries
Foubert, Imogen
Muylaert, Koenraad # ×
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Elsevier Ltd., Trends Journals
Series Title: Trends in Biotechnology vol:31 issue:4 pages:233-239
Abstract: Global demand for biomass for food, feed, biofuels and chemical production is expected to
increase in the coming decades. Microalgae are a promising new source of biomass that may
complement agricultural crops. Production of microalgae has so far been limited to high-value
applications. In order to realize large-scale production of microalgae biomass for low-value
applications, new low-cost technologies are needed to produce and process microalgae. A major
challenge lies in the harvesting of the microalgae, which requires the separation of a low amount of
biomass consisting of small individual cells from a large volume of culture medium. Flocculation is seen
as a promising low-cost harvesting method. Here, we give an overview of the challenges and possible
solutions for flocculating microalgae.
ISSN: 0167-7799
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Biology @ Kulak
Microbial and Molecular Systems @ Kulak
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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