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Aquaculture of microalgae: Current status and future challenges and opportunities

Borowitzka, M.A.ORCID: 0000-0001-6504-4563 (2003) Aquaculture of microalgae: Current status and future challenges and opportunities. In: Australian Marine Sciences Association Conference (AMSA2003), 9 - 11 July, Brisbane, Australia.


Australia is a significant producer of microalgae with the production of β-carotene from the halophilic green alga Dunaliella salina in Western Australia and South Australia. Microalgae production is also critical to the success of the aquaculture industry, especially in the culture of shellfish and prawns. Attempts to develop other microalgae species (e.g. Spirulina, Chlorella) commercially in Australia have failed so far. Current research and development is focussing mainly on developing new species for new products (i.e. biologically active compounds, fatty acids) and new, commercially viable, large-scale culture systems. The application of microalgae in environmental bioremediation (i.e. CO2 trapping; soil bioremediation) is also being explored. This paper will provide an overview of these areas and will attempt to give an assessment of those areas with the greatest likelihood of commercial success. It will also highlight some key areas where research is urgently needed.

Item Type: Conference Item
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
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