IMR Press / FBS / Volume 9 / Issue 3 / DOI: 10.2741/S490

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High-value compounds from microalgae with industrial exploitability – A review

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1 State Key Laboratory of Microbial Metabolism, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
2 The School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, State Key Laboratory of Metal Matrix Composites, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China
3 School of Medical Science, Gold coast campus, Griffith University, Southport QLD 4222, Australia
4 School of Engineering and Science, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey, Ave. Eugenio Garza Sada 2501, Monterrey, N.L., CP 64849, Mexico

*Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.

Academic Editors: Roberto Parra Saldivar, Ali Parsaeimehr

Front. Biosci. (Schol Ed) 2017, 9(3), 319–342;
Published: 1 June 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bioactive molecules from microalgae)

From the past several years, algal biotechnology has gained noticeable interests among research-based organizations and industrial sectors. Recent studies have provided considerable evidence that microalgae-derived bioactive compounds could play a vital role in bio- and non-bio sectors of the modern world. Microalgae-based industrial exploitability ranges from basic biomass-based food and feeds nutraceuticals to high-value pharmaceuticals, cosmeceuticals, ecological and biomedical applications. With ever increasing scientific knowledge, social and environmental awareness, bio-inspired synthesis of microalgae-based green products, and recent advancements in algal biotechnology will extend the utilization of microalgae into new areas. Microalgae offer high biodiversity with an enormous potential to produce structurally complex yet bioactive compounds which are either impossible or difficult to produce via synthetic routes. In this paper, a range of value-added bioactive compounds from microalgae with industrial potentialities has been reviewed. The contribution ended with a critical description of the main research gaps and envisioned with future considerations to progress further in this exciting era of research.

Value-Added Compounds
Industrial Exploitation
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