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Author: Valverde Albacete, Federico
Romero Campero, Francisco José
León, Ricardo
García Guerrero, Miguel
Serrano, Aurelio
Department: Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Bioquímica Vegetal y Biología Molecular
Universidad de Sevilla. Departamento de Ciencias de la Computación e Inteligencia Artificial
Date: 2016
Published in: European Journal of Protistology, 55, 95-101.
Document type: Article
Abstract: Photosynthetic protists, also called microalgae, have been systematically studied for more than a century. However, only recently broad biotechnological applications have fostered a novel wave of research on their potentialities as sustainable resources of renewable energy as well as valuable industrial and agro-food products. At the recent VII European Congress of Protistology held in Seville, three outstanding examples of different research strategies on microalgae with biotechnological implications were presented, which suggested that integrative approaches will produce very significant advances in this field in the next future. In any case, intense research and the application of systems biology and genetic engineering techniques are absolutely essential to reach the full potential of microalgae as cell-factories of bio-based products and, therefore, could contribute significantly to solve the problems of biosustainability and energy shortage.
Cite: Valverde Albacete, F., Romero Campero, F.J., León, R., García Guerrero, M. y Serrano, A. (2016). New challenges in microalgae biotechnology. European Journal of Protistology, 55, 95-101.
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DOI: 10.1016/j.ejop.2016.03.002

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