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Task (c) Interaction with other co-occurring microorganisms

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?

Dr Dominik Refardt

Dr Dominik Refardt Leader Task c)

Dr Dominik Refardt

Leader Task c)

Dr Dominik Refardt
Country: SwitzerlandInstitution: Zurich University of Applied Sciences ZHAWEmail: dominik.refardt@zhaw.chWebsite(s):

Key investigations:

  • 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

Key publications:

  • 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.
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