The EUALGAE action is composed of senior and early-stage researchers coping with the different areas proposed along the Working Groups (WGs). The Action provides the means to coordinate the activities required for an effective collaboration.
The Management Committee (MC) is responsible for the budget planning and allocation of funds and coordinates the activities of the 5 WGs. Likewise, the MC integrates these activities to reach the overall objectives of the Action and report to the COST Office. The list with the EUAlgae MC Members and International Observers is published here.
Efficient day-to-day management is ensured by the Core Group (CG). The CG is constituted by:
Institution: IMDEA Energy
C. Gonzalez-Fernandez, B. Sialve, B. Molinuevo-Salces “Anaerobic digestion of microalgal biomass: Challenges, opportunities and research needs” Bioresource Technology 198 (2015) 896-906
L. Mendez, A. Mahdy, M. Ballesteros, C. Gonzalez Fernandez “Chlorella vulgaris vs cyanobacterial biomasses: Comparison in terms of biomass productivity and biogas yield” Energy Conversion and Management 92 (2015) 137 – 142
Mahdy, L. Mendez, S. Blanco, M. Ballesteros, C. Gonzalez “Protease cell wall degradation of Chlorella vulgaris: Effect on methane production” Bioresource Technology 171 (2014) 421 – 427
C. Gonzalez Fernandez, B. Sialve, N. Bernet, J.P. Steyer “Impact of microalgae characteristics on their conversion to biofuel. Part II: Focus on biomethane production” Biofuels Bioproducts & Biorefining 6 – 2 (2012) 205 – 218
C. Gonzalez Fernandez, B. Molinuevo Salces, M.C. Garcia Gonzalez “Nitrogen transformationsunder different conditions in open ponds by means of microalgae-bacteria consortium treating pig slurry” Bioresource Technology 102 (2011) 960 – 966
Institution: Aquatic Biology Lab, KU Leuven campus Kortrijk, KU Leuven University
Harvesting of microalgae based on flocculation (alkaline flocculation, bio-based flocculants)
Production of poly-unsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants from microalgae
Production of the natural pigment phycocyanin in Arthrospira
Control of grazers in microalgal cultures
Microalgae-based phosphorus removal and recovery from wastewaters
Vandamme, D., Beuckels, A., Vadelius, E., Depraetere, O., Noppe, W., Dutta, A., Foubert, I., Laurens, L. & Muylaert, K. (2016). Inhibition of alkaline flocculation by algal organic matter for Chlorella vulgaris. Water research, 88, 301-307.
Eyley, S., Vandamme, D., Lama, S., Van den Mooter, G., Muylaert, K., & Thielemans, W. (2015). CO 2 controlled flocculation of microalgae using pH responsive cellulose nanocrystals. Nanoscale, 7(34), 14413-14421.
Depraetere, O., Pierre, G., Deschoenmaeker, F., Badri, H., Foubert, I., Leys, N., Wattiez, R. & Muylaert, K. (2015). Harvesting carbohydrate-rich Arthrospira platensis by spontaneous settling. Bioresource technology, 180, 16-21.
Beuckels, A., Smolders, E., & Muylaert, K. (2015). Nitrogen availability influences phosphorus removal in microalgae-based wastewater treatment. Water research, 77, 98-106.
Vandamme, D., Foubert, I., & Muylaert, K. (2013). Flocculation as a low-cost method for harvesting microalgae for bulk biomass production. Trends in biotechnology, 31(4), 233-239.
Institution: IFP Energies Nouvelles
Institution: Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAW
Partner of the Swiss consortium for research in bioenergy BIOSWEET. Main focus: alternative nutrient sources for phototrophic cultivation of microalgae
Application of microalgae in fish feed
Bagnoud-Velásquez M., D. Refardt, F. Vuille & C. Ludwig. 2015. Opportunities for Switzerland to contribute to the production of algal biofuels: the hydrothermal pathway to bio-methane. CHIMIA 69:614-621.
Graber A., T. Leiblein, D. Refardt & R. Junge. 2013. Potential of algae turf scrubbers (ATS™) for elimination of phosphorus from swimming ponds. In: Wetland Systems: Ecology, Functioning and Management. Borin M., M. Malagoli, M. Salvato & B. Tanis (Eds). 29-30. P.A.N., Padova.
Institution: LNEG – National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, IP.
Institution: Food BioSciences Department, Teagasc Food Research Centre, Ashtown, Dublin 15, Ireland.
Institution: Dpt. of Chemical Engineering and Enviromental Technology, University of Valladolid (UVa)
Science officer of the Action
Institution: Istituto per lo Studio degli Ecosistemi del CNR
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Institution: Faculty of Technology, University of Novi Sad
Institution: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Fundación IMDEA Energía (Spain) is the Grant Holder of the ES1408 EUAlgae COST Action. The Grant Holder performs and oversees the administrative tasks related to managing and coordinating the Action’s activities, in accordance with best practice financial and administrative standards and rules specified in the COST Implementation Rules and COST Vademecum.