Reuniting the Biogeochemistry of Algae for a Low-Carbon Circular Bioeconomy

Yoong Kit Leong, Kit Wayne Chew, Wei Hsin Chen, Jo Shu Chang, Pau Loke Show

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Given their advantages of high photosynthetic efficiency and non-competition with land-based crops, algae, that are carbon-hungry and sunlight-driven microbial factories, are a promising solution to resolve energy crisis, food security, and pollution problems. The ability to recycle nutrient and CO2 fixation from waste sources makes algae a valuable feedstock for biofuels, food and feeds, biochemicals, and biomaterials. Innovative technologies such as the bicarbonate-based integrated carbon capture and algae production system (BICCAPS), integrated algal bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS), as well as ocean macroalgal afforestation (OMA), can be used to realize a low-carbon algal bioeconomy. We review how algae can be applied in the framework of integrated low-carbon circular bioeconomy models, focusing on sustainable biofuels, low-carbon feedstocks, carbon capture, and advances in algal biotechnology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)729-740
Number of pages12
JournalTrends in Plant Science
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Plant Science


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