Cultivating microalgae phototrophically, in particular on a larger scale, means to raise a microbial community of which microalgae constitute hopefully the majority. What is the role of this community for the productivity that is achieved? Is there evidence for a beneficial role of bacteria or fungi and if so, can we use this to our advantage?
Large homogeneous monocultures are an easy prey for pests, parasites, or pathogens. How can we protect cultures, monitor their health, detect infestations early, and control them effectively?
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