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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 10, 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.


Apr 16, 2020

Very interesting and inspiring course! So cool to learn about the history and great diversity of algae, as well as the potential uses of algae in renewable energy and for sustainable materials.

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Aug 13, 2020

well structured course

By Suzanne M G

Jun 25, 2020

EXTREMELY informative.

By Jaime S

Oct 21, 2019

Very, educational.

By akshaya

Jul 05, 2020

very useful to me

By Jihad R

Jul 04, 2020

Thank you so much

By Damodar P

Oct 02, 2020

Very informative

By Dr.B.Padmavathi

Jul 03, 2020

Excellent course


Jun 21, 2020

excellent course

By Sriharan

Sep 15, 2020

Very useful! ❤️

By marta t f

May 21, 2020

So Amazing!!!

By Mamta

Apr 17, 2019

very useful

By Deyvid W S O

Sep 30, 2020

I love it!


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By Arthur L L d S

Sep 13, 2020

I loved!!

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May 19, 2020

thank you

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By Teo C L

Mar 07, 2018

Good !

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By Ryan Z Y

Jun 11, 2019

It was an interesting (and generally in-depth) introductory course. Recommended to take good notes!

One downside of the course -- there are a few times, when the lecturers do not really explain things well enough (Ex: there was a lecturer who did not explain how a "Zobi Harvester" worked in-depth; And because he was a leader of the company that invented the "Zobi Harvester", it seemed as if he was merely turning that specific Coursera lecture into an advertisement!)

By colin w

Jul 16, 2020

Great introduction to algae and their uses. Focus is heavily on microalgae and producing algae for use as an oil, bio-fuel and in bio-products but also gives a good overview of macroalgae (seaweed) and how they grow and develop too. Would recommend to anyone with an interest in either microalgae as a bio-product and macroalgae as an aquaculture product for food and other appplications.