Optimization of astaxanthin production in large-scale cultivation of microalgae by utilizing industrial CO2 emissions

Haematococcus pluvialis is a green microalga that concentrates the compound astaxanthin, a commercial product with nutraceutical, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, aquaculture, and food applications. Astaxanthin is a carotenoid pigment with high antioxidative activity, used as a feed additive to provide a characteristic pink color to salmonids and shrimp, as well as a human nutraceutical providing protection from oxidative stress.
Maximizing large-scale biomass production rates and enhancing astaxanthin concentration in algal cells grown by capturing industrial carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are the main objectives of this research study. TO BE CONT'D

Intern: 
Nekoo Seyedhosseini
Faculty Supervisor: 
David Allen
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Ontario
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