Marine bioactives: from energy to nutrition

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Microalgae have been evaluated as promising resource for biodiesel production, but algal biofuel production is not yet commercially viable, which reflects the high energy costs linked with cultivation, harvesting, and dewatering of algae. As crude oil processing declines, microalgae biorefineries are being considered for producing bioactives such as enzymes, proteins, omega-3 oils, pigments, recombinant products, and vitamins, to offset the costs of biofuel production. We believe that producing algal bioactives through advanced manufacturing pathways, encompassing a biorefinery approach, would be effective, profitable, and economical.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-280
Number of pages10
JournalTrends in Biotechnology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

Bibliographical note



  • algae
  • bioactives
  • biorefinery
  • cell factories
  • macroalgae
  • omega-3 fatty acid


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