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Getting algae ingredients applied

Sustainably fulfilling nutritional and consumer needs of a growing world population is currently one of mankind’s greatest challenges. For algae, as a new and sustainable feedstock, the challenge is to make the production of algae ingredients (such as lipids, proteins, carbohydrates, micronutrients and antioxidants) economically viable on industrial scale. To date, the vast majority of research on algae has been directed at cultivation and the conversion of algae biomass into biofuel (1). Very little attention has been paid to the biorefinery of algae biomass, for new ingredients and applications.