Journal of Applied Phycology

, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp 403–411 | Cite as

Commercial production of microalgae in the Asia-Pacific rim

  • Yuan-Kun Lee


There are around 110 commercial producers of microalgae in the Asia-Pacific region, with annual production capacity ranging from 3 to 500 T. About nine-tenth of the algal cultivation plants are located in Asia. The commercially cultivated microalgae include Chlorella, Spirulina, Dunaliella, Nannochloris, Nitzschia, Crypthecodinium, Schizochytrium, Tetraselmis, Skeletonema, Isochrysisand Chaetoceros. Most of the commercially produced algal biomass is being marketed as health food, in the forms of tablets and capsules. Algae and their extract are also included in noodles, wine, beverages, breakfast cereals and cosmetics.

Asia-Pacific microalgae producers locations productionarea annual production products 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yuan-Kun Lee
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  1. 1.Department of MicrobiologyNational University of SingaporeSingapore

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