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Algae and Human Affairs - Carole A. Lembi

Algae and Human Affairs

By: Carole A. Lembi (Editor), J.Robert Waaland (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 20th November 2014
ISBN: 9780521321150
Number Of Pages: 600

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Algae and Human Affairs provides the only current comprehensive survey of the major roles of algae in present and future human life. This detailed, up-to-date synthesis is divided into four sections. The first reviews the natural roles of algae as sources of oxygen, organic carbon compounds, and as bases of food-chains for higher trophic levels. The second group of chapters deals with the commercial and economic value of algae to industry, energy, waste treatment, and agriculture (i.e. algae as an important source of food and food additives, such as the carageenan used in dairy products). The third section discusses the detrimental, sometimes disastrous, effects of algae in the form of red-tide organisms, weeds, producers of freshwater toxins, and marine biofouling. The final section considers current applications and future potential of algae to industry, in general, and, in particular, to space exploration and genetic engineering.

"The editors of this volume have nicely blended historical facts with current and possible future uses of algae by human society...an excellent addition for all academic libraries with curricula in the biological sciences." Choice "...appealing as a reliable source of scholarly information about applied aspects of the diverse assemblage of photosynthetic organisms--the algae." Bioscience

Editors' preface
Algae and Their Role in Natural Ecosystems
The algae: an overview
Structure and role of algae in tropical reef communities
Algae and the environment: the Great Lakes case
Algae for Food and Food Supplements
Porphyra as food: cultivation and economics
Cultivated edible kelp
Food and food products from seaweeds
Spirulina: a model for microalgae as human food
Some public health aspects of microalgal products
Algae in Industry, Environmental Management, and Agriculture: 9. Commercial production and applications of algal hydrocolloids
Lipids and polyols from microalgae
The role of microalgae in liquid waste treatment and reclamation
Hydrogen production by algal water splitting
Products from fossil algae
Algae and agriculture
Adverse Impacts of Algae
Marine dinoflagellate blooms: dynamics and impacts Karen
Hazards of freshwater blue-green algae (cyanobacteria)
Marine biofouling
Algae as weeds: economic impact, ecology and management alternatives
The Future of Algae in Human Affairs
Algae in space
The genetic improvement of algae; progress and prospects
A future of phycotechnology Arthur
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ISBN: 9780521321150
ISBN-10: 0521321158
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 600
Published: 20th November 2014
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 1.05

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