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Biotechnological Screening of Microalgal and Cyanobacterial Strains for Biogas Production and Antibacterial and Antifungal Effects

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Botanical Institute, Department of Plant Cell Physiology and Biotechnology, Christian-Albrechts- University of Kiel, Am Botanischen Garten 5, D-24118 Kiel, Germany
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Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute, Department of Experimental Phycology and Culture Collection of Algae (SAG), Georg August University of Göttingen, Untere Karspüle 2, 37073 Göttingen, Germany
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Institute of Geosciences, Department of Organic Geochemistry, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Ludewig-Meyn-Str. 10, D-24118 Kiel, Germany
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Institute for Chemical Technology, Flensburg University of Applied Science, Kanzleistr. 91-93, D-24943 Flensburg, Germany
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Metabolites 2014, 4(2), 373-393; https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo4020373
Received: 17 March 2014 / Revised: 26 April 2014 / Accepted: 29 April 2014 / Published: 15 May 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Metabolism in Phototrophic Prokaryotes and Algae)
Microalgae and cyanobacteria represent a valuable natural resource for the generation of a large variety of chemical substances that are of interest for medical research, can be used as additives in cosmetics and food production, or as an energy source in biogas plants. The variety of potential agents and the use of microalgae and cyanobacteria biomass for the production of these substances are little investigated and not exploited for the market. Due to the enormous biodiversity of microalgae and cyanobacteria, they hold great promise for novel products. In this study, we investigated a large number of microalgal and cyanobacterial strains from the Culture Collection of Algae at Göttingen University (SAG) with regard to their biomass and biogas production, as well antibacterial and antifungal effects. Our results demonstrated that microalgae and cyanobacteria are able to generate a large number of economically-interesting substances in different quantities dependent on strain type. The distribution and quantity of some of these components were found to reflect phylogenetic relationships at the level of classes. In addition, between closely related species and even among multiple isolates of the same species, the productivity may be rather variable. View Full-Text
Keywords: microalgae; cyanobacteria; biomass and biogas production; antibacterial and antifungal effects microalgae; cyanobacteria; biomass and biogas production; antibacterial and antifungal effects
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Mudimu, O.; Rybalka, N.; Bauersachs, T.; Born, J.; Friedl, T.; Schulz, R. Biotechnological Screening of Microalgal and Cyanobacterial Strains for Biogas Production and Antibacterial and Antifungal Effects. Metabolites 2014, 4, 373-393. https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo4020373

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Mudimu O, Rybalka N, Bauersachs T, Born J, Friedl T, Schulz R. Biotechnological Screening of Microalgal and Cyanobacterial Strains for Biogas Production and Antibacterial and Antifungal Effects. Metabolites. 2014; 4(2):373-393. https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo4020373

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Mudimu, Opayi; Rybalka, Nataliya; Bauersachs, Thorsten; Born, Jens; Friedl, Thomas; Schulz, Rüdiger. 2014. "Biotechnological Screening of Microalgal and Cyanobacterial Strains for Biogas Production and Antibacterial and Antifungal Effects" Metabolites 4, no. 2: 373-393. https://doi.org/10.3390/metabo4020373

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