Evaluation of Various Growth Conditions for the Cultivation of Microalgae Species in the Arid Regions


V Kumar,S Al-Momin,VK Vanitha,H Al-Aqeel,L Al-Musallam,H Al-Mansour,AB Shajan,




Algal Biotechnology,Microalgae,Phytoplankton,Secondary Metabolites,


Microalgae are gaining interest due to nutritional advantages and potential to feed an ever-growing population. Also, there is a growing interest in microalgal research to enhance the sources of renewable fuels. The climatic conditions and limited fresh water sources in Kuwait greatly hinders food and feed production through large-scale agriculture. Hence, alternative sources of animal feed and bioproducts can be of great benefit for the aquaculture and livestock industry in the arid regions. Mass production of microalgae has been gaining global attention among researchers and policymakers. Microalgae is considered as a good source of high quality protein and various other bioproducts. Our research aims to screen local and other well-established algal isolates for producing protein-rich biomass for potential use in aquaculture and animal feed supplementation and to establish algal cultures for the production of high-value metabolites using seawater or treated wastewater. A locally isolated Chlorella sp and Haematococcus pluvialis were tested for their growth performance in lab scale experiments. A brief overview of the application of algae in the arid regions and the results of our research will be discussed.


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