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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....

Top reviews


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!


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.

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By Adithi M

Jun 28, 2019

I love algae! I want to swim in it!

By Shevaun

Jun 23, 2020

Really fun and informative course!

By Dr. V S

Apr 13, 2020

It was a very informative course.

By Hector N

Oct 6, 2020

Great course and top professsors

By Caspar G v O

Sep 22, 2020

great introduction and overview.

By Sushil B S U

Jul 25, 2020

more informative i learned a lot


May 7, 2020

Excellent course, learned a lot.

By Tanvir A

Jul 23, 2020

It is very informative course.

By fernando g u

May 10, 2018

Buen curso.Interesante.Gracias

By Will31

Oct 25, 2020

Great content. Great overview

By Viktoriya P

Apr 24, 2020

Interesting and useful course

By Mikel U B

Mar 13, 2020

Very useful and interesting.

By Paul B

Mar 9, 2023

Quite a good course overall

By Nikita M

Feb 3, 2021

Interesting and fast-paced!


Aug 28, 2019

its really awesome lectures

By Brody G

Jul 27, 2022

Great content. A+ from me.

By Royston M

Aug 28, 2020

The course was informative

By Ipsita

May 25, 2020

It was very helpful for me

By Laura Y M R

May 13, 2020

excelente, muchas gracias

By geethu a

Dec 30, 2020

This was a great course!


Aug 13, 2020

well structured course

By Suzanne G

Jun 24, 2020

EXTREMELY informative.

By Reghan M

Jun 27, 2021

It's a grat course.

By laura d m

Feb 5, 2023

very interesting !

By Jaime C S V

Oct 21, 2019

Very, educational.