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Reduction of Three Major Bottlenecks Limiting Current Commercial Microalgae Production: Light Utilization, Waste Nutrient Utilization, and Harvesting

Abstract Microscopic algae have been investigated extensively by researchers for decades for their ability to bioremediate wastewater and flue gas while producing valuable biomass for use as feed, fuel, fertilizer, nutraceutical, and other specialty products. Reports of the exciting commercial potential of this diverse group of organisms started appearing in the literature as early as the 1940’s. However, nearly 80 years later, relatively few successful commercial microalgae installations exist and algae have not yet reached agricultural commodity status. This dissertation examines three major bottlenecks to commercial microalgae production including lack of an efficient and economical cultivation strategy, poor management of volatile waste nutrie... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Wray, Joshua (Author) / Dempster, Thomas (Advisor) / Roberson, Robert (Advisor) / Bingham, Scott (Committee member) / Neuer, Susanne (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Cellular biology / Biochemistry / Agriculture engineering / algae / bioremediation / flue gas / photobioreactor / photosynthetic efficiency / wastewater
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 242 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Molecular and Cellular Biology 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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