Cyanobacteria An Economic Perspective

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  • Copyright: 2/3/2014
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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Written by leading experts in the field, Cyanobacteria: An Economic Perspective is a comprehensive edited volume covering all areas of an important field and its application to energy, medicine and agriculture.

Issues related to environment, food and energy have presented serious challenge to the stability of nation-states. Increasing global population, dwindling agriculture and industrial production, and inequitable distribution of resources and technologies have further aggravated the problem. The burden placed by increasing population on environment and especially on agricultural productivity is phenomenal. To provide food and fuel to such a massive population, it becomes imperative to find new ways and means to increase the production giving due consideration to biosphere’s ability to regenerate resources and provide ecological services.

Cyanobacteria are environment friendly resource for commercial production of active biochemicals, drugs and future energy (biodiesel, bioethanol and hydrogen).

Topics on isolation, identification and classification of cyanobacteria are discussed, as well as further sections on: summarizing a range of useful products synthesized by cyanobacteria, ecological services provided by cyanobacteria including their harmful effect in water bodies and associated flora and fauna. Chapter on tools, techniques, and patents also focus on the economic importance of the group. This book also provides an insight for future perspectives in each particular field and an extensive bibliography.

This book will be a highly useful resource for students, researchers and professionals in academics in the life sciences including microbiology and biotechnology. 

Table of Contents

List of contributors ix

Preface xiii

About the editors xv

Acknowledgements xvii

About the book xix

Introduction xxi
Naveen K. Sharma, Ashwani K. Rai, and Lucas J. Stal

About the companion website xxv


Chapter 1 Cyanobacteria: biology, ecology and evolution 3
Aharon Oren

Chapter 2 Modern classification of cyanobacteria 21
Ji¢§r´©¥ Kom´arek


Chapter 3 Ecological importance of cyanobacteria 43
Beatriz D´©¥ez and Karolina Ininbergs

Chapter 4 Cyanobacteria and carbon sequestration 65
Eduardo Jacob-Lopes, Leila Queiroz Zepka, and Maria Isabel Queiroz

Chapter 5 Ecology of cyanobacteria on stone monuments, biodeterioration, and the conservation of cultural heritage 73
Nitin Keshari and Siba Prasad Adhikari


Chapter 6 Therapeutic applications of cyanobacteria with emphasis on their economics 93
Rathinam Raja, Shanmugam Hemaiswarya, Isabel S. Carvalho, and Venkatesan

Chapter 7 Spirulina: an example of cyanobacteria as nutraceuticals 103
Masayuki Ohmori and Shigeki Ehira

Chapter 8 Ultraviolet photoprotective compounds from cyanobacteria in biomedical applications 119
Tanya Soule and Ferran Garcia-Pichel

Chapter 9 Cyanobacteria as a ‘‘green’’ option for sustainable agriculture 145
Radha Prasanna, Anjuli Sood, Sachitra Kumar Ratha, and Pawan K. Singh

Chapter 10 The economics of cyanobacteria-based biofuel production: challenges and opportunities 167
Naveen K. Sharma and Lucas J. Stal

Chapter 11 Cyanobacterial cellulose synthesis in the light of the photanol concept 181
R. Milou Schuurmans, Hans C.P. Matthijs, Lucas J. Stal, and Klaas J. Hellingwerf

Chapter 12 Exopolysaccharides from cyanobacteria and their possible industrial applications 197
Giovanni Colica and Roberto De Philippis

Chapter 13 Phycocyanins 209
Ruperto Bermejo

Chapter 14 Cyanobacterial polyhydroxyalkanoates: an alternative source for plastics 227
Shilalipi Samantaray, Ranjana Bhati, and Nirupama Mallick


Chapter 15 Costs of harmful blooms of freshwater cyanobacteria 247
David P. Hamilton, Susanna A. Wood, Daniel R. Dietrich, and Jonathan Puddick

Chapter 16 Cyanotoxins 257
Jason N. Woodhouse, Melissa Rapadas, and Brett A. Neilan


Chapter 17 Photobioreactors for cyanobacterial culturing 271
A. Catarina Guedes, Nadpi G. Katkam, Jo˜ao Varela, and Francisco XavierMalcata

Chapter 18 Commercial-scale culturing of cyanobacteria: an industrial experience 293
Hiroyuki Takenaka and Yuji Yamaguchi

Chapter 19 Engineering cyanobacteria for industrial products 303
Timo H.J. Niedermeyer, Ekaterina Kuchmina, and Annegret Wilde

Chapter 20 Cryopreservation of cyanobacteria 319
John G. Day

Chapter 21 Patents on cyanobacteria and cyanobacterial products and uses 329

Michael A. Borowitzka

Index 339

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