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J Ind Microbiol Biotechnol. 2013 Aug;40(8):781-96. doi: 10.1007/s10295-013-1281-7. Epub 2013 May 10.

Highly valuable microalgae: biochemical and topological aspects.

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INP-ENSIACET, LCA (Laboratoire de Chimie Agro-Industrielle), INRA, UMR 1010 CAI, Université de Toulouse, 31030, Toulouse, France.


The past decade has seen a surge in the interest in microalgae culture for biodiesel production and other applications as renewable biofuels as an alternative to petroleum transport fuels. The development of new technologies for the culture of these photosynthetic microorganisms and improved knowledge of their biochemical composition has spurred innovation in the field of high-value biomolecules. These developments are only economically viable if all the microalgae fractions are valorized in a biorefinery strategy. Achieving this objective requires an understanding of microalgae content and the cellular localization of the main biomolecular families in order to develop efficient harvest and sequential recovery technologies. This review summarizes the state of the art in microalgae compositions and topologies using some examples of the main industrially farmed microalgae.

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