Crop protection in industrial algae farming : detecting weedy algae and characterizing bacterial communities
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Microalgae are a promising source of feedstock for biofuel and bioproducts. Algae have higher rates of biomass production than terrestrial crops, and therefore can use less land for producing equivalent energy compared to other biofuels. Elite algae strains are chosen based on traits such as fast and robust growth, and rapid production of desired biochemical products, including fatty acids and other high-energy compounds. Monocultures of elite strains are grown in large algae production systems. A major challenge algae growers face is consistently growing robust cultures of elite algae. This is ...