In the recent past, many advances have been made in the field of biology and biotechnology of algae, especially microalgae. This book includes chapters on taxonomy, diversity and physiology of blue-green algae as these organisms are most important from biotechnological point of view. Use of algae as biofertilizer, source of natural colours, bioactive compounds, phytochemicals with pharmaceutical and biotechnological applications, food and feed has been discussed. Environmental pollution is the major problem all over the world. The potential of algae in combating water pollution is also highlighted. Depleting fossil fuel is another concern and it is felt that there is a need for alternative renewable resources. Algae as a potential source of biofuel are also discussed in this book
JIS Khattar :- J.I.S. Khattar is a Professor of Botany at Punjabi University, Patiala. He did his postgraduationand doctorate from the Punjabi University, Patiala. He is serving this universitysince 1990. His main research interests include physiology and biochemistry ofcyanobacteria, bioremediation of heavy metals and pesticide degradation bycyanobacteria. He has 18 years of teaching and 25 years of research experience. He haspublished research papers in international and national journals of repute. He is member ofvarious scientific bodies. He has completed/is handling various research projectssponsored by CSIR and UGC, New DelhiDP Singh :- D.P. Singh is a Lecturer in the Department of Botany, Punjabi University, Patiala sinceJanuary, 2006. He was educated at post-graduate and doctorate level at Punjabi University,Patiala. His field of research includes study of diversity, physiology and biochemistry ofcyanobacteria. His interests also include pesticide toxicity to and degradation bycyanobacteria. He has 10 years of teaching and 15 years of research experience. He haspublished research papers in various international and national journals of repute.Gurpreet Kaur :- Gurpreet Kaur joined the Department of Botany, Punjabi University, Patiala as a Lecturerin January, 2006. She did her M. Sc. and Ph.D. from the Punjabi University, Patiala. Shehas 5 years of teaching and 10 years of research experience. Her main research interestsare physiology and biochemistry of cyanobacteria. She has published research papers inreputed international and national journals.
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