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Lipid Production from Nannochloropsis

Institute for Food and Bioresource Engineering, College of Engineering, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
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Academic Editor: Andrew Desbois
Mar. Drugs 2016, 14(4), 61;
Received: 13 December 2015 / Revised: 1 March 2016 / Accepted: 11 March 2016 / Published: 25 March 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Marine Fatty Acids-2016)
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Microalgae are sunlight-driven green cell factories for the production of potential bioactive products and biofuels. Nannochloropsis represents a genus of marine microalgae with high photosynthetic efficiency and can convert carbon dioxide to storage lipids mainly in the form of triacylglycerols and to the ω-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Recently, Nannochloropsis has received ever-increasing interests of both research and public communities. This review aims to provide an overview of biology and biotechnological potential of Nannochloropsis, with the emphasis on lipid production. The path forward for the further exploration of Nannochloropsis for lipid production with respect to both challenges and opportunities is also discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: lipid accumulation; Nannochloropsis; cultivation; triacylglycerol; eicosapentaenoic acid; genetic engineering lipid accumulation; Nannochloropsis; cultivation; triacylglycerol; eicosapentaenoic acid; genetic engineering

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Ma, X.-N.; Chen, T.-P.; Yang, B.; Liu, J.; Chen, F. Lipid Production from Nannochloropsis. Mar. Drugs 2016, 14, 61.

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