Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC) is a Project of the Algae Foundation

Algae Cultivation Extension Short-course (ACES): Macroalgae and Microalgae

About ACES

The Algal Cultivation Extension Short-course (ACES) is the extension/outreach component of the Algae Technology Educational Consortium (ATEC). ACES is divided into two components.

The first component of ACES covers macroalgae (seaweed) and is designed for those already in the aquaculture/shellfish industry seeking to learn the basic skills to grow these aquatic plants. The culture of macroalgae and/or seaweeds is an industry that is expanding rapidly in the New England and the Pacific Northwest, as well as around the world. Recent shifts in commercial aquaculture offer fishermen and lobstermen the opportunity to grow seaweed during the winter when the fisheries are shut down. ACES is an on-line curriculum that covers both the U.S. perspective as well as inclusion of seaweed culture around the world.

The second component covers microalgae cultivation in a short-course based on a real college level course. The original focus of this section of ACES was 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. These techniques are very similar to those needed to grow phytoplankton for shellfish. All shellfish hatcheries rely on unicellular phytoplankton to grow brood-stock and to feed larval and post-set shellfish. All businesses, including research facilities that rear shellfish from the spawning stage to the grow-out stage must have a trained person that can grow phytoplankton. This course can assist in that basic education for both industries. The microalgae component is a shortened on-line version of the ATEC curriculum developed at Santa Fe Community College.

Both sections of ACES are planning on hands-on labs at various times during the year for students to travel to Santa Fe, Maine, or potentially other places to see how this is all done in the real world.

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The Algae Foundation and ATEC would like to thank the ACES development team for their tireless efforts.

Gef Flimlin
Professor Emeritus, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Director of ACES program

Ondine Frauenglass
Lead Technician: Trades and Advanced Technologies
Santa Fe Community College

Stephen M Gómez, Ph.D.
Chair: Department of Trades, Advanced Technologies and Sustainability
Lead Faculty: Water/Wastewater Operations, Algae Cultivation
Santa Fe Community College

Ira Levine, Ph.D.
Professor, Natural and Applied Sciences
University of Southern Maine.

Luke Spangenburg
Director: Innovation Center, Biofuels Centers of Excellence
Santa Fe Community College

Charles Yarish, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut

ACES Course Content

Part 1: Macroalgae

    • Chapter 1

      Introduction to ACES, seaweeds, and aquaculture

      Chapter 2

      Seaweed in New England, cultivation of gracilaria, and cultivation of kappaphycus and eucheuma

      Chapter 3

      Seaweed lab culture, introduction to sugar kelp and alaria nursery methods, and seaweed farming

      Chapter 4

      Seaweed farms around the world: France, Belize, Zanibar, Okinawa, and Netherlands

      Chapter 5

      Interviews, lectures and webinars on seaweed in New England, seaweed farming, cultivation of seaweeds in Northeast Ameria, and kelping the sea

      Chapter 6

      Seaweed farming techniques: setting up seaweed lines, outplanting and pulling seaweed lines, harvesting kelp, and drying seaweed

      Chapter 7

      Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture, sustainable aquaculture, seaweed business, getting started in shellfish and seaweed aquaculture, and permitting of seaweed

      Chapter 8

      TED Talks on Vertical Ocean Farming, Aquaculture, and Seaweed Food

      Chapter 9

      Library of supplemental readings on seaweed culture, seaweed cultivation, kelp farming, seaweed farming, macroalgae cultivation, integrated mariculture, integrated multi-trophic aquaculture, and the seaweed industry

      Part 2: Microalgae

        Chapter 1

        Introduction to microalgae

        Chapter 2

        Microalgae introduction and overview: What is microalgae? Why is it important?

        Chapter 3

        Algae cultivation including algae farms and producing food from waste

        Chapter 4

        Cultivation technologies including CO2 capture, biomass production, photobioreactors, and sustainable products

        Chapter 5

        Harvesting technologies including chemical-free and biomass processes, and microalgae separation systems

        Chapter 6

        Microscopy and microscope use

        Chapter 7

        Algae collection and databases including UTEX Culture Collection of Algae, AlgaeBase, and Bigelow National Center for Marine Algae and Microbiota

        Chapter 8

        Algae to biofuel processes

        Chapter 9

        Carbon sequestration, microalgae photobioreactor, algae CO2 capture

        Chapter 10

        Wastewater treatment processes, algae to biomass, and algae for biofuel and cleaner water

        Chapter 11

        Food products and the nutritional value of algae

        Chapter 12

        Economically important microalgae species of Spirulina

        Chapter 13

        Interviews with leaders in the algae industry

        Chapter 14

        TED Talks on algae as food and fuel, role of algae, and the importance of microalgae

        Chapter 15

        Supplemental reading on industrial algae measurments

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