Algal Biology and Biotechnology

Algal Biology and Biotechnology

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In the recent past, many advances have been made in the field of biology and biotechnology of algae, especially microalgae. This book includes chapters on taxonomy, diversity and physiology of blue-green algae as these organisms are most important from biotechnological point of view. Use of algae as biofertilizer, source of natural colours, bioactive compounds, phytochemicals with pharmaceutical and biotechnological applications, food and feed has been discussed. Environmental pollution is the major problem all over the world. The potential of algae in combating water pollution is also highlighted. Depleting fossil fuel is another concern and it is felt that there is a need for alternative renewable resources. Algae as a potential source of biofuel are also discussed in this bookThus, use of microalgae for biodiesel production poses no problem at least at economic level. ... The oil extracted is not easily injectable into the combustion chamber of motor vehicle engine because of high viscosity. ... the year 2005, Chrysler (then part of Daimler Chrysler) released the Jeep Liberty CRD diesels from the factory into the American market with 5% biodiesel blends, ... Biodiesel production at commercial level has been started by a Hyderabad based private firm in 2007.

Title:Algal Biology and Biotechnology
Publisher:I. K. International Pvt Ltd - 2009-01-01


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