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Bioreactor technology in marine microbiology: from design to future application
Zhang, Y.; Arends, J.B.A.; Van de Wiele, T.; Boon, N. (2011). Bioreactor technology in marine microbiology: from design to future application. Biotechnol. Adv. 29(3): 312-321. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biotechadv.2011.01.004
In: Biotechnology Advances. Pergamon: Oxford; New York. ISSN 0734-9750; e-ISSN 1873-1899, more
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Keyword
    Marine/Coastal
Author keywords
    Bio electrochemical system; High-pressure bioreactor; Marine resources; Eutrophication; Sustainable green technology

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Abstract
    Marine micro-organisms have been playing highly diverse roles over evolutionary time: they have defined the chemistry of the oceans and atmosphere. During the last decades, the bioreactors with novel designs have become an important tool to study marine microbiology and ecology in terms of: marine microorganism cultivation and deep-sea bioprocess characterization; unique bio-chemical product formation and intensification; marine waste treatment and clean energy generation. In this review we briefly summarize the current status of the bioreactor technology applied in marine microbiology and the critical parameters to take into account during the reactor design. Furthermore, when we look at the growing population, as well as, the pollution in the coastal areas of the world, it is urgent to find sustainable practices that beneficially stimulate both the economy and the natural environment. Here we outlook a few possibilities where innovative bioreactor technology can be applied to enhance energy generation and food production without harming the local marine ecosystem.

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