Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 1223–1234 | Cite as

Potential applications of nuisance microalgae blooms

  • Jang K. Kim
  • Sreejith Kottuparambil
  • Sang Hyun Moh
  • Taek Kyun Lee
  • Youn-Jung Kim
  • Jae-Sung Rhee
  • Eun-Mi Choi
  • Byung Hoon Kim
  • Yong Ju Yu
  • Charles Yarish
  • Taejun HanEmail author


Algal blooms have become a major concern in coastal areas and the great lakes of the world. Because of their various consequences for aquatic ecosystems and resources, algal blooms are called “harmful algal blooms” (HABs). HABs often become severely detrimental when they involve one or more toxin-producing microalgae of various taxonomic origins. The accumulation of algal biomass also has deleterious effects on the ecological status of water. However, appropriate management strategies can allow the beneficial utilization of these events by consuming the biomass feedstock in the production of valuable biocommodities, including biofuels, functional food ingredients, UV-absorbing compounds, pharmaceutical products, etc. However, if the algal biomass can be harvested prior to the onset of their death phase, nutrients (carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus) can also be removed from the ecosystem by harvesting the algal blooms. Great progress has been made in the last decade in monitoring and predicting HABs, and a demand is emerging for persuasive postevent management policies that focus on the potential utilization of these blooms as natural renewable bioresources. This review summarizes various potential applications of nuisance algal blooms and the need for scientific research into their economic and industrial potential. Major algal products with great ecological and economic significance and their contemporary global utilization are analyzed.


Algal blooms HABs Renewable bioresources Biomass 


This work was supported by Incheon National University and Future Marine Project of Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jang K. Kim
    • 1
  • Sreejith Kottuparambil
    • 2
  • Sang Hyun Moh
    • 3
  • Taek Kyun Lee
    • 4
  • Youn-Jung Kim
    • 5
  • Jae-Sung Rhee
    • 5
  • Eun-Mi Choi
    • 6
  • Byung Hoon Kim
    • 7
  • Yong Ju Yu
    • 8
  • Charles Yarish
    • 9
  • Taejun Han
    • 2
    • 5
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Marine SciencesUniversity of ConnecticutStamfordUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Green Environmental ResearchIncheon National UniversityIncheonRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Anti-aging Research Institute of BIO-FD&C Co., Ltd., Phytomecca Co., Ltd.IncheonRepublic of Korea
  4. 4.South Sea Environment Research DepartmentKorea Institute of Ocean Science and TechnologyGeojeRepublic of Korea
  5. 5.Department of Marine ScienceIncheon National UniversityIncheonRepublic of Korea
  6. 6.Department of ChemistryIncheon National UniversityIncheonRepublic of Korea
  7. 7.Department of PhysicsIncheon National UniversityIncheonRepublic of Korea
  8. 8.Department of Materials Chemistry and EngineeringKonkuk UniversitySeoulRepublic of Korea
  9. 9.Department of Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyUniversity of ConnecticutStamfordUSA

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