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Flocculation as a low-cost method for harvesting microalgae for bulk biomass production.
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PMID:  23336995     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The 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 overview the challenges and possible solutions for flocculating microalgae.
Dries Vandamme; Imogen Foubert; Koenraad Muylaert
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-18
Journal Detail:
Title:  Trends in biotechnology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1879-3096     ISO Abbreviation:  Trends Biotechnol.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8310903     Medline TA:  Trends Biotechnol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
KU Leuven Kulak, Laboratory Aquatic Biology, E. Sabbelaan 53, 8500 Kortrijk, Belgium.
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