Selection, breeding and engineering of microalgae for bioenergy and biofuel production

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Elsevier B.V.
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Trends In Biotechnology, 2012, 30 (4), pp. 198 - 205
Issue Date:
2012-01
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Microalgal production technologies are seen as increasingly attractive for bioenergy production to improve fuel security and reduce CO2 emissions. Photosynthetically derived fuels are a renewable, potentially carbon-neutral and scalable alternative reserve. Microalgae have particular promise because they can be produced on non-arable land and utilize saline and wastewater streams. Furthermore, emerging microalgal technologies can be used to produce a range of products such as biofuels, protein-rich animal feeds, chemical feedstocks (e.g. bio-plastic precursors) and higher-value products. This review focuses on the selection, breeding and engineering of microalgae for improved biomass and biofuel conversion efficiencies.
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