Characterisation of microalgae for waste water reclamation - Christiane Funk
For converting a society dependent on fossil fuels and nuclear energy into a sustainable, bio-based society all production processes and products must be optimized for low material and energy use. Microalgae have been shown to be a highly suitable feedstock to produce biofuels, biofertilizers or even bioplastic. In our consortium MicroBioRefine we have collected and characterized Swedish photosynthetic microorganisms such as algae and cyanobacteria for their capacity to clean waste water in our cold Nordic climate. In this project you will use biochemical and molecular biological methods to answer the following questions: How can we improve the algal biomass (e.g. the lipid production)? How efficient are our Nordic microalgal strains in uptake of pharmaceuticals and other toxins? Can we improve harvesting and cell breakage by knowing more about the algal cell wall?