Purification and recycling of waste water is an issue that is receiving more and more attention. Algae can accumulate large quantities of nitrate or phosphate, for example, and thus have the potential to clean agricultural effluents as well as to be used as nitrogen and phosphate fertilizers. A BioSC workshop on this topic with international participation took place at Forschungszentrum Jülich on September 6 and 7, 2018.

BioSC Workshop 2018 website

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Workgroup Rapporteurs

Workgroup 1:

Fundamental Research Aspects

 PERIN, Giorgio 

Imperial College,  UK


Workgroup 2:

Technology Readiness Level <6


Institute of Ecology, NL


Workgroup 3:

Technology Readiness Level >5

 BLERSCH, David 

Auburn University,  USA


Lectures Session I: Algae – N/P/C uptake and storage biology

Session chair: SALIH, Anya, Univ. Western Sydney,  Australia​

Engineering algae for optimum nutrient recycling –what do we need and what is possible? JONES, Patrik R.  Imperial College, London, UK Mechanisms of luxury phosphorus uptake in microalgae SOLOVCHENKO, Alexei Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia A model of phosphate metabolism in Chlorella vulgaris METTLER-ALTMANN, Tabea Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany Biofertilisation potential of the diazotrophic cyanobacteria Anabaena VALTON, Marine Imperial College, London, UK Managing nitrogen metabolism in Anabaena sp. PCC 7120 to increase fertilization efficiencies PERIN, Giorgio Imperial College, London, UK Microalgal lipids, high-value products KHOZIN-GOLDBERG, Inna Ben Gurion University, S’de Boqer, Israel

Lectures Session II: Methods for measuring N/P/C reserves

Session chair:  NEDBAL, Ladislav, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Confocal Raman microscopy of microalgae, identification, detection and quantification of energy-and nutrient-storing pools, and crystalline inclusions at a single-cell level MOJZEŠ, Peter Charles University, Praha, Czech Republic 31P-NMR introduction and applications WILLBOLD, Sabine Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany Microsensing and confocal in situ imaging of energy storage in microalgae focusing on Symbiodinium of reef corals SALIH, Anya University of Western Sydney,  Australia

Lectures Session III: Algae cultivation systems and protocols

Session chair:  CAMARGO-VALERO, Miller Alonso, University of Leeds, UK

Immobilisation of microalgae: a promising tool for waste-water treatment and biochemical production KOSOUROV, Sergey, ALLAHVERDIYEVA, Yagut University of Turku, Finland Large scale algal production VONSHAK, Avigad Ben Gurion University, S’de Boqer, Israel Algal turf scrubbing for wastewater treatment and agriculture


Smithonian Institution, USA

Performance studies on Algal Turf Scrubber technologies


Auburn Uni.,  USA

Growth physiology of Chlamydopodium fusiforme cultivated in a mineral medium and pig wastewater TORZILLO, Guiseppe Ben Gurion University, S’de Boqer, Israel Closing cycles from wastewater by microalgae-bacteria consortia: opportunities vs. risks


Institute of Ecology, Wageningen, NL

Lectures Session IV: Waste water

Session chair:  CALAHAN, Dean, Smithonian Institution, USA

Microalgae and cyanobacteria for wastewater treatment in waste stabilization ponds in tropical and temperate climate countries CAMARGO-VALERO, Miller Alonso University of Leeds, UK Reducing the effluent nutrient concentration of municipal wastewater treatment plants using microalgae and considering further biomass application THEILEN, Ulf, WAWILOW, Tatjana, HASPORT, Nils University of Applied Sciences, Giessen, Germany

Lectures Session V: Closing the cycles to soil fertilization and soil conditioning

Session chair:  JONES, Patrik R., Imperial College, London, UK

Interactions of algal biostimulants with plant microbiome BALDASSARRE-ŠVECOVÁ, Eva Institute of Botany, Praha, Czech Republic Role of biological soil crusts in C and N enrichment in arid soils ADESSI, Alessandra University of Florence, Italy Phosphorus uptake by algae and experimental use of algal biomass for fertilization of marginal soils NEDBAL, Ladislav Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany