Large-scale production of Spirulina-based proteins and c-phycocyanin: A biorefinery approach

Bavatharny Thevarajah, Gannoru Kankanamalage Sanuji Hasara Nishshanka, Malith Premaratne, P. H.V. Nimarshana, Dillirani Nagarajan, Jo Shu Chang, Thilini U. Ariyadasa

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Naturally synthesized compounds have an evolving market demand as bioactive metabolites with numerous health benefits. In this context, microalgae-based bioactive compounds such as pigments and nutraceuticals are commercially available, and it is foreseen that the market demand would continue to grow due to the recent requirement for natural products in the food industry. In particular, the global market for microalgae-based proteins is foreseen to reach $ 0.84 billion by 2023, whereas the natural blue pigment (c-phycocyanin) is expected to reach a market value of $ 409.8 million by 2030. Being a protein-rich cyanobacterium (60–70% (w/w)) and a promising source for c-phycocyanin (47% of the total proteins), Spirulina has gained attention as a promising feedstock for the large-scale production of high-value proteins and c-phycocyanin. Even though Spirulina is commercially cultivated in many countries, the exclusive production of proteins and c-phycocyanin is still emerging. Besides, Spirulina-based biorefinery is a promising strategy to enhance the economic viability of the large-scale production of proteins and c-phycocyanin. In addition, utilization of waste resources in Spirulina-based biorefineries is a beneficial strategy in terms of increasing economic feasibility and environmental sustainability. The current review focuses on promoting a circular bioeconomy via the biorefining of Spirulina to produce protein and c-phycocyanin while analyzing the challenges and future perspectives associated with the overall process.

期刊Biochemical Engineering Journal
出版狀態Published - 2022 7月

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 生物技術
  • 生物工程
  • 環境工程
  • 生物醫學工程


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