Native Photobioreactor for microalgae culture, preparation of metabolites

Tehran, Jan 4, IRNA -The researchers at the Department of Chemical and Biotechnology at Azad University managed to design and produce a tubular and spiral photobioreactor for the culture of microalgae and prepare its various secondary metabolites.

Micro-algaes are single-cell species that live individually, in a chain or group and vary in size from a few micrometers to several hundred micrometers. Micro-algaes, unlike plants have no root, stem and leaf, but have the ability of photosynthesis and produce, on average, half of the oxygen present in the atmosphere.

Biodiversity of microalgaes is high and many of them produce substances with unique properties such as carotenoids, antioxidants, fatty acids, enzymes, polymers, peptides, toxins and sterols.

A group of researchers in the field of chemistry and biotechnology in the Science and Research Branch of Islamic Azad University has produced algae for the production and use by secondary metabolites.

Secondary metabolites are organic compounds that do not directly participate in the growth and development or reproduction of an organism and can be used as drugs, food flavors and even cosmetics.

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