Laboratoire de Physique des Solides - UMR 8502

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Microalgae

 

Microalgae are unicellular microorganisms either prokaryotic (cyanobacteria) or eukaryotic (strictly speaking microalgae), which are both photosynthetic. They are responsible for half of the global photosynthesis, the other half being realized by plants and trees. Microalgae are currently being studied for biofuels, feed or food, valuable chemicals or for wasterwater treatment. We focus on their CO2 absorption, in the objective of climate change mitigation.

We are currently searching a way for optimizing the microalgae biomass productivity, in the presence of atmospheric CO2 only, and we would also like to understand the individual or collective mechanisms responsible for their absorption of CO2.