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ACES Part 2: Microalgae

This second component covers microalgae cultivation in a short-course based on a real college level course. The focus of this section of ACES is to assist the algae biomass industry to improve the skill set and techniques required for their industry. This allows those companies to seek people who have some knowledge of aquaculture but need to learn the basics of growing large quantities of microalgae.

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  • Chapter 1: Introduction to ACES: Microalgae


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    Welcome to the Algae Cultivation Extension Short-course: Gef Flimlin

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    Welcome to the Algae Cultivation Extension Microalgae Short-course: Stephen M. Gómez

  • Chapter 2: Microalgae Introduction and Overview


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    What are Algae?

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    Algae Classification

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    Understanding Algae — from PUB, Singapore’s National Water Agency

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    Understanding Microalgae

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    What is Algae? Definition, Characteristics & Examples

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    Algae Corner: How to Identify Different Algae Types

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    All Things Algae

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    What The Crap Is Algae Anyway?

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    4 Ways Algae is Awesome

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    Diatoms: Tiny Factories You Can See From Space

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    Santa Fe Scene: SFCC Biofuels Program

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    ATP3 — Training and Education

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    360° Algae Lab Tour at NREL — Narrated

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    Micro Algae Co-Educational Project in Israel

  • Chapter 3: Let’s Grow Lots of Algae


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    Streaking Agar Plates

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    Algae Time-Lapse

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    Scaling Up 1

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    Scaling Up 2

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    Scaling Up 3

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    Scaling Up 4

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    Scaling Up Systems

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    Scaling Up Outside

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    Photobioreactor (PBR) Maintenance

  • Chapter 4: Cultivation Technologies


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    Cultivation Technology

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    Cellana — Algae-Based Products for a Sustainable Future™

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    ALGADISK — Novel Algae-Based Solution for CO2 Capture and Biomass Production

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    Commercial Microalgae Production Unit — Algafarm/SECIL/Allmicroalgae

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    Glass Tubular Photobioreactors for Cultivation of Algae

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    Microalgae Cultivation to Perfection

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    Ecoduna — New Micro-algae Tech Produces Super Food from Waste

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    I love you Green Natural Power of Algae!!!

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    Algae Bioreactor: Incredible Oil Production

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    Commercial Microalgae Production Unit — Algafarm/SECIL/Allmicroalgae

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    Affordable Photobioreactors

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    Accordion Photobioreactor

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    EnerGaia Spirulina Time-lapse

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    The Algae Dome

  • Chapter 5: Harvesting Technologies


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    Overview: The Smart Algae Harvester

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    The New and Improved EWS Algae A12 Algae Biomass Harvesting System

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    MASS — MicroAlgae Separation Systems

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    Membrane Filtration Harvesting Microalgae

  • Chapter 6: Algae to Fuel


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    Algae Biofuels

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    Energy 101 | Algae-to-Fuels

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    Algae Fuel NOVA ScienceNOW

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    Biofuel from Algae

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    Vermont Bioenergy Algae to Biofuel

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    Algae Biofuels

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    Biofuels from Algae Project

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    PNNL Algae to Bio-Crude in Less Than 60 Minutes

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    ASU Researchers Convert Algae into Fuel

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    Algae Power — This American Land

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    Algae Power: Turning Pond Scum into Sustainable Fuel

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    How Algae Could Change The Fossil Fuel Industry

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    Innovation Japan: Fueling Jet Aircraft With Microalgae

  • Chapter 7: Carbon Sequestration


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    NAMI’s Microalgae Photobioreactor

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    Algae CO2 Capture at the University of Kentucky: Part 1

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    Algae CO2 Capture at the University of Kentucky: Part 2

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    Earthrise — Green Gold | Al Jazeera

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    Algae Fuel Could Change the World | World’s Strangest

  • Chapter 8: Wastewater Treatment


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    Wastewater Treatment

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    Algal Turf Scrubber — Proven Large Scale Algae Production and Water Treatment Systems

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    KU Students Grow Algae for Biofuel, Cleaner Water

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    Using Algae in the Wastewater Treatment Process — Sustainable Technology at the University of Bath

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    Closing the Loop: algae to Become Biomass at ‘Hooge Maey’

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    Micro-Algae: Source of Energy?

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    From Wastewater to Renewable Energy

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    Wastewater Treatment and Research

  • Chapter 9: Other Value-Added Products


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    Value-Added Products

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    KPBS San Diego's Algae Industry Struggles To Float On Fuel Alone

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    Algae Farm

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    Algae Food and Fuel — America’s Heartland

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    Qualitas — Growing Algae in New Mexico

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    CNN — Is Algae the Food of the Future?

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    Natural Marine Algae as High Quality Source of Omega-3

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    Turning Green Algae into Colostrum-Like Protein for Infants – Triton Algae Innovations

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    How Can We Grow Food for a Future Mars Settlement?

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    It’s Alive! The World’s First Algae-Powered Building

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    Algae Power: Turning Pond Scum into Sustainable Fuel

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    The World’s First Sustainable Surfboard and Flip-flops Made of Algae

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    Companies Are Finding New Uses for Blue-green Algae Removed From Our Water

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    A Growing Passion — Algae Foam Surfboard

  • Chapter 10: Spirulina


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    Visit a Local Culture of Spirulina in Madurai

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    First Commercial Spirulina Farm in California

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    First Spirulina in Nothern California

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    How Spirulina Fish Food is Made — Agcore Technologies Greenhouse Tour

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    Apogee Spirulina

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    Growing Spirulina Algae in a Village in West Africa

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    Antenna Trust: Production and Distribution of Spirulina — India

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    Radical Chikies — Sustainable Approaches to Combat Malnutrition

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    EnerGaia Video for ASEAN Impact Challenge 2015 — Thailand

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    Commercial Spirulina Algae Farm in Thailand

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    Spirulina in Myanmar

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    Spirulina Viva Mexico

  • Chapter 11: Microscopy


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    Using a Light Microscope

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    Microscopy

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    Microscopy II

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    Microscope Use

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    The Diatomist

  • Chapter 12: Visualize Algae


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    Chlorella — Green Algae

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    Scenedesmus — Green Algae

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    Scenedesmus — Green Algae

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    Chlamydomonas — Green Algae

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    Euglena — Flagellate

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    Euglena — Flagellate

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    Chlamydomonas and Euglena

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    Hematococcus — Green Algae

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    Hematococcus — Green Algae

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    Volvox — Green Algae

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    Eudorina — Green Algae

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    Pandorina — Green Algae

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    Pediastrum — Green Algae

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    Pediastrum — Green Algae

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    Spirogyra — Green Algae

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    Pennate Diatoms

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    Stauroneis — Diatom

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    Cryptomonas — Cryptophyte

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    Peridinium — Dinoflagellate

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    Ceratium — Dinoflagellate

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    Arthospira (Spirulina) — Cyanobacteria

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    Anabaena — Cyanobacteria

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    Chroococcus — Cyanobacteria

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    Oscillatoria — Cyanobacteria

  • Chapter 13: Problems


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    The Other Guys

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    Rotifer

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    Stentor

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    How Microscopic Hunters Get Their Lunch

  • Chapter 14: Interviews


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    Stephen M. Gómez, Trade and Advanced Technologies Center, SFCC

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    Thomas A. Dempster, Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation, ASU

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    Jeremiah Star, Santa Fe Community College

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    Abey Torrez, Santa Fe Community College

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    Ira Levine, University of Southern Maine/Algae Foundation

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    UCTV Algae Biofuels and Biotech — Stephen Mayfield, UC San Diego

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    Perspectives from Leaders in the Algae Industry — Bill Glover, Boeing

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    Fredrik Adams — Firglas Ltd.

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    Perspectives from Leaders in the Algae Industry — Dr. Greg Mitchell, Scripps

  • Chapter 15: TED Talks and Lectures


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    Jonathan Trent: Energy from Floating Algae Pods

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    TEDxTucson: Kim Ogden | Sustainable Algae-Based Biofuels

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    TEDxLinz: Silvia Fluch | Eating Fish? Start Eating Algae!

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    TEDxUCSD: Stephen Mayfield | Food and Fuel in the 21st Century

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    TEDxSaxionUniversity: Jutta Reinke | Breed Algaes, Not Cows!

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    TEDxDelft: Peter Mooij | Microalgae is More Important Than You Think

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    TEDxHamburg: Rasa Weber | The Unexpected Role of Algae for Our Future

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    TEDxMileHigh: Scott Fulbright | Is Algae the Ink of the Future?

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    TEDxWroclaw: Ola Ławrynowicz | Spirulina: Start Eating Smart

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    David Ramjohn — AlgEternal Technologies

  • Chapter 16: Algae Collections, Databases, Supplemental Reading, and Social Media


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    Collections — UTEX Culture Collection of Algae

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    Resources list — UTEX Culture Collection of Algae

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    AlgaeBase



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    ABO-Industrial Algae Measurements v8.0

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    NREL Algal Biofuels Projects and Partnerships

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    A Look Back at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Aquatic Species Program: Biodiesel from Algae — July 1998

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    National Algal Biofuels Technology Roadmap – May 2010

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    Process Design and Economics for the Conversion of Algal Biomass to Biofuels: Algal Biomass Fractionation to Lipid- and Carbohydrate-Derived Fuel Products — Sept 2014

    (128 pgs)    

    Process Design and Economics for the Production of Algal Biomass: Algal Biomass Production in Open Pond Systems and Processing Through Dewatering for Downstream Conversion — Feb 2016

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    National Algal Biofuels Technology Review – June 2016

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    2017 Algae Harmonization Study: Evaluating the Potential for Future Algal Biofuel Costs, Sustainability, and Resource Assessment from Harmonized Modeling

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    Techno-Economic Analysis for the Production of Algal Biomass via Closed Photobioreactors: Future Cost Potential Evaluated Across a Range of Cultivation System Designs — Sept 2019



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    UTEX Culture Collection of Algae

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    Algae Academy

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    Algae Technology Educational Consortium

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    Algae Biomass Organization

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    Controlled Environment Agriculture at SFCC

  • Chapter 17: Microalgae Culture and Techniques for Molluscan Shellfish Hatcheries


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    Videos and Handouts from Microalgal Culture Workshop