Review of microalgae harvesting via co-pelletization with filamentous fungus

Sarman Oktovianus Gultom, Bo Hu

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Cultivation of microalgae to utilize CO2 and nutrients in the wastewater to generate biofuel products is a promising research objective. However, the process faces tremendous technical difficulties, especially the harvest of microalgae cells, an economically challenging step. Several researchers recently reported co-culturing of filamentous fungi with microalgae so that microalgae cells can be co-pelletized in order to facilitate the cell harvest. This algae pelletization via the filamentous fungi represents an innovative approach to address both the cost and sustainability issues in algae biofuel production and also has potential with direct commercial applications. This paper reviews the current research status in this area and some possible drawbacks of this method in order to provide some possible directions for the future research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5921-5939
Number of pages19
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Cell harvest
  • Fungal pelletization
  • Microalgae
  • Mixed culture


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