Commercial applications of microalgae.

@article{Spolaore2006CommercialAO,
  title={Commercial applications of microalgae.},
  author={P. Spolaore and Claire Joannis‐Cassan and Elie Duran and Arsene Isambert},
  journal={Journal of bioscience and bioengineering},
  year={2006},
  volume={101 2},
  pages={
          87-96
        }
}
The first use of microalgae by humans dates back 2000 years to the Chinese, who used Nostoc to survive during famine. However, microalgal biotechnology only really began to develop in the middle of the last century. Nowadays, there are numerous commercial applications of microalgae. For example, (i) microalgae can be used to enhance the nutritional value of food and animal feed owing to their chemical composition, (ii) they play a crucial role in aquaculture and (iii) they can be incorporated… 

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