Mixotrophy in marine microalgae for renewable biomass production (MMM-REBIO)
The project aims to develop mixotrophic cultivation (the simultaneous use of light and carbon dioxide for photosynthesis and organic carbon for respiration) to maximize growth and outdoor productivity for microalgae strains from the Swedish west coast. The main objectives are: i) to better understand mixotrophic metabolism in diatoms using using Skeletonema marinoi as a model; ii) to explore the optimal mixotrophic conditions for enhanced productivity of S. marinoi; iii) to investigate the potential industrial applications of S. marinoi when cultivated under mixotrophy. Computational, biophysical, analytical, biotechnological and biological methods are employed. A mixotrophic outdoor cultivation of marine microalgae in the dynamic climate of the Swedish west coast could provide a higher total production of renewable biomass for industry.