Fractionation of residual algal biomass - potential for value-added products

Jaakko Pere, Maija Mattinen, Taina Ohra-aho, Tiina Liitiä

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    Demand for plant proteins has steadily increased around the world and is expected to explode in the near future, due to a lack of sufficient meat proteins. Technologies for protein isolation and enrichment will be crucial to provide adequate nutrition. In addition to, e.g. rapeseed press cakes and cereal cell wall materials, substantial amounts of proteins could be available from algae. The functional and nutritional value of these protein fractions may be utilized for several purposes, if successfully fractionated from the cell matrix. In addition, algal polysaccharides may provide an interesting raw material for the development of novel sustainable biomaterials for replacement of oil-based synthetic materials. Hence, fast and reliable analytical methods are required to for biomass fractionation, especially those which preserve the protein and polysaccharide components present.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSustainable algal biomass products by cultivation in waste water flows
    EditorsMona Arnold
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-8084-2
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    MoE publication typeD2 Article in professional manuals or guides or professional information systems or text book material

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Technology


    • microalgae
    • biofuels
    • waste
    • biorefinery


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