Grand Challenges in Algae Biotechnology

  • Armin Hallmann
  • Pabulo H. Rampelotto

Part of the Grand Challenges in Biology and Biotechnology book series (GCBB)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Cultivation Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Miguel Olaizola, Claudia Grewe
      Pages 3-34
    3. Michele Carone, Amélie Corato, Thomas Dauvrin, Tung Le Thanh, Lorenzo Durante, Bernard Joris et al.
      Pages 71-109
    4. Philip A. Lee, Rebecca L. White
      Pages 111-156
  3. Genetic and Metabolic Engineering

  4. Integrated Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. Edgar Suarez Garcia, Giuseppe Olivieri, Lolke Sijtsma, Marian H. Vermuë, Maria Barbosa, J. Hans Reith et al.
      Pages 293-317
    3. Alice Ferreira, Alberto Reis, Senka Vidovic, Jelena Vladic, Spyros Gkelis, Lusine Melkonyan et al.
      Pages 319-369
    4. Ana L. Gonçalves, Francisca M. Santos, José C. M. Pires
      Pages 371-398
    5. Mónica Bueno, Rocío Gallego, Jose A. Mendiola, Elena Ibáñez
      Pages 399-425
  5. Framework and Progress of Practical Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 427-427
    2. Rossella Pistocchi, Ly Thi Hai Dao, Paulina Mikulic, John Beardall
      Pages 471-500
    3. Sharadwata Pan, Jaison Jeevanandam, Michael K. Danquah
      Pages 501-534
    4. Carole A. Llewellyn, Rahul Vijay Kapoore, Robert W. Lovitt, Carolyn Greig, Claudio Fuentes-Grünewald, Bethan Kultschar
      Pages 535-576
    5. Felix Leinemann, Valentina Mabilia
      Pages 577-591

About this book


In this book, researchers and practitioners working in the field present the major promises of algae biotechnology and they critically discuss the challenges arising from applications. Based on this assessment, the authors explore the great scientific, industrial and economic potential opened up by algae biotechnology. The first part of the book presents recent developments in key enabling technologies, which are the driving force to unleash the enormous potential of algae biotechnology. The second part of the book focuses on how practical applications of algae biotechnology may provide new solutions to some of the grand challenges of the 21st century.

Algae offer great potential to support the building of a bio-based economy and they can contribute new solutions to some of the grand challenges of the 21st century. Despite significant progress, algae biotechnology is yet far from fulfilling its potential. How to unleash this enormous potential is the challenge that the own field is facing. New cultivation technologies and bioprocess engineering allow for optimization of the operation strategy of state-of the art industrial-scale production systems and they reduce the production costs. Parallel to this, new molecular technologies for genetic and metabolic engineering of (micro)algae develop quickly. The optimization of existing biochemical pathways or the introduction of pathway components makes high-yield production of specific metabolites possible. Novel screening technologies including high-throughput technologies enables testing of extremely large numbers of samples and, thus, allow for large scale modelling of biomolecular processes, which would have not been possible in the past. Moreover, profitable production can demand for integrated biorefining, which combines consecutive processes and various feedstocks to produce both transportation fuel, electric energy and valuable chemicals.


microbial biotechnology industrial microbiology genetic engineering biofuels biorefinery

Editors and affiliations

  • Armin Hallmann
    • 1
  • Pabulo H. Rampelotto
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology of PlantsUniversity of BielefeldBielefeldGermany
  2. 2.Federal University of Rio Grande do SulPorto AlegreBrazil

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-25232-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-25233-5
  • Series Print ISSN 2367-1017
  • Series Online ISSN 2367-1025
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