Commercialization of Microalgae in China: Advances and Perspectives

09/25/2013 - 4:00pm

Dr. Song Qin
Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research,
Chinese Academy of Sciences

This presentation reviews the current state of commercialization of microalgae in China related to human health foods (“nutraceuticals”), live feed for marine aquaculture, as well as the development of microalgae cultures for biofuels and CO2 capture and utilization.

Prof. Qin received a Bachelor’s of Genetic Engineering from Fudan University in 1988 and a Ph.D. degree in Marine Biology from Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1994.  He is a Professor and Deputy Director of Yantai Institute of Coastal Zone Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is former President of Asia Pacific Society for Apply Phycology (APSAP) and former President of Asia Pacific Society of Marine Biotechnology (APSMB). Now he serves as EC member of International Marine Biotechnology Association (IMBA), China Commission of SCOR-IOC, APSAP and APSMB.

Prof. Qin has over 20 years of research experience in seaweed and microalgae in topics ranging from genomics, evolution, genetic engineering, biosynthesis of phycobiliproteins, lipids and carotenoids, bio-energy from seaweeds and microalgae, and interdisciplinary research on molecular oceanography collaborated with worldwide colleagues.

He has authored or co-authored over 100 research articles and book chapters. Prof. Qin is on the editorial boards of Marine Biotechnology (Springer), Chinese Science Bulletin (Springer), Chinese Journal of Oceanology and Limnology(Springer), and other academic journals

Following the seminar, there will be an informal meeting of university and private sector representatives regarding RD&D for algae including biofuel, CO2 abatement, and nutrient remediation.  We have secured the interest -- and commitment to participate in this seminar series -- of numerous regional private sector companies focused on algae commercialization who seeks an expanding interaction with the university research community.

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