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About the Course

This course was produced by the Algae Technology Educational Consortium and UC San Diego with funding from the Algae Foundation, the National Renewable Energy Lab, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Algae are an extremely diverse group of organisms that can be found in almost every ecosystem on the planet, and they play an essential role for life on earth. They are little bio-factories that use the process of photosynthesis to create chemical compounds that we can utilize for food, feed, medicine, and even energy. We’ve brought together some of foremost algae experts from industry and academia to teach you the fundamentals of algae. This course will cover what algae are, why they are important, and why we are interested in them for both their environmental benefit, as well as their use for products. You will also explore the vast diversity of algae including the characteristics and applications of some of the main types of algae that are in commercial use today. Later you will learn about algal ecology and how interactions with environment, including pests and predators, affect algal productivity. And finally you will examine the processes of algae bio-manufacturing including production processes, as well as some of the products, benefits, and challenges that impact our ability to make commercially viable products from algae....

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Apr 9, 2019

one of the best course to know everything about algae. I recommend all people who decided to work on algae pass this course. I learnt about different aspects of algae and seaweed. thanks Coursera.


Nov 2, 2022

Incredibly helpful to someone wanting to study ecological sciences at university! I highly recommend you complete the course as it doesn't take long. I very much enjoyed it. With love from the UK!

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By pooja d

May 10, 2020

provide useful constructive feedback. talk about range of elements. keep it civil and friendly

By Jeremiah J

Feb 13, 2020

Very interesting and informative. I want to learn more about algae and the biofuel industry.

By Jingyan Z

Dec 30, 2020

It's a very nice course for a easy starting and learning an overall knowleadge around Algea.

By Sharmistha S

Jul 12, 2020

This course is very helpful to know everything about the algae. Thanks to all the teachers.

By Dhairyarajsinh G

Jun 2, 2020

Excellent course for Algae learner. Very well covered the entire algae industrial use also.

By Christina P

Apr 22, 2019

I enjoyed taking this course and learned all this new information. Definitely recommend. :)

By Dr. A M

May 18, 2020

Excellent Course. Very thorough and provides a systematic coverage of algae for beginners.

By Gratia F

Jul 30, 2018

could you open a second course of it with more about photosynthesis and other techniques

By Manishkumar S T

May 26, 2020

Very Good course to learn. The lectures are well-paced and very informative. Many thanks

By Steven B

Apr 17, 2018

An excellent introductory course providing very useful theory and practical information.

By kopela n

Jul 14, 2019

This course was really helpful for me I need to take advance courses in algae research.

By Claudio N

Dec 30, 2019

Very interesting! I am very happy such a course was offered, I have learned very much.

By Dean P

Aug 28, 2018

Great introductory course for everyone out there who has an interest in algae biology!


Jun 29, 2020

A very interesting topic... it is very much useful to my studies thank you so much...

By Luis A S C

Feb 26, 2023

Good course, maybe could have some references for the study complementation. Thanks.

By Chaidir A

Apr 9, 2022

What a great course! I learned a lot of new knowledge about algae from this course

By Jeziel R V

Sep 5, 2022

One of the best course I've taken so far. Good quality and outstanding program.

By Joselito T

Oct 8, 2020

The course was very informative. A good introduction to the potentials of algae.

By annie f

Oct 29, 2020

Very informative and up to date. I am interested in future courses on algae.

By Benji J S M

Jun 21, 2020

Grandioso curso. Gracias a el pude aprender lo más importante sobre las algas.

By Shivani H

Oct 27, 2020

Definitely the best one to understand basics and industrial aspects of algae!

By Luis C M R

Aug 18, 2020

Es un curso que permite iniciarse en la biotecnología con algas. Excelente.

By Anas M s s y I

Apr 27, 2020

I am actually an algaeist yet i learned new stuff from this course,thanx!!!

By Frederick B

May 14, 2019

Perfect balance of detail without being overwhelming. A great introduction!

By Dennis I

Aug 16, 2018

Great Course! Very basic but if you find it interesting its a great primer!