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Algae and Human Affairs

By: Carole A Lembi (Editor), J Robert Waaland (Editor)

590 pages, b/w photos, illustrations, tables

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Nov 2007 | #172294 | ISBN-13: 9780521044400
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Hardback | Apr 1989 | #82948 | ISBN: 0521321158
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About this book

Algae and Human Affairs provides a comprehensive survey of the major roles of algae in present and future human life. This detailed synthesis is divided into four sections. The first reviews the natural roles of algae as sources of oxygen, organic carbon compounds, and as bases of food-chains for higher trophic levels. The second group of chapters deals with the commercial and economic value of algae to industry, energy, waste treatment and agriculture (i.e. algae as an important source of food and food additives, such as the carageenan used in dairy products). The third section discusses the detrimental, sometimes disastrous, effects of algae in the form of red-tide organisms, weeds, producers of freshwater toxins, and marine biofouling. The final section considers applications and the potential of algae to industry, in general, and, in particular, to space exploration and genetic engineering.

Paperback re-issue; originally published in 1989.

"The editors of this volume have nicely blended historical facts with current and possible future uses of algae by human society [...] an excellent addition for all academic libraries with curricula in the biological sciences."
- Choice

" [...] appealing as a reliable source of scholarly information about applied aspects of the diverse assemblage of photosynthetic organisms – the algae."
- Bioscience


Editors' preface

Part I. Algae and Their Role in Natural Ecosystems:
1. The algae: an overview Marilyn M. Harlin and W. Marshall Darley
2. Structure and role of algae in tropical reef communities Mark M. Littler and Diane S. Littler
3. Algae and the environment: the Great Lakes case Eugene F. Stoermer

Part II. Algae for Food and Food Supplements:
4. Porphyra as food: cultivation and economics Thomas F. Mumford Jr and Akio Miura
5. Cultivated edible kelp Louis D. Druehl
6. Food and food products from seaweeds Isabella A. Abbott
7. Spirulina: a model for microalgae as human food Alan Jassby
8. Some public health aspects of microalgal products Alan Jassby

Part III. Algae in Industry, Environmental Management, and Agriculture:
9. Commercial production and applications of algal hydrocolloids Jerry G. Lewis, Norman F. Stanley and G. Gordon Guist
10. Lipids and polyols from microalgae Kenneth G. Spencer
11. The role of microalgae in liquid waste treatment and reclamation William J. Oswald
12. Hydrogen production by algal water splitting Elias Greenbaum
13. Products from fossil algae Richard W. George
14. Algae and agriculture Blaine Metting, William R. Rayburn and Pierre A. Reynaud

Part IV. Adverse Impacts of Algae:
15. Marine dinoflagellate blooms: dynamics and impacts Karen A. Steidinger and Gabriel A. Vargo
16. Hazards of freshwater blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) Paul R. Gorham and Wayne W. Carmichael
17. Marine biofouling L. V. Evans
18. Algae as weeds: economic impact, ecology and management alternatives Carole A. Lembi, Steven W. O'Neal and David F. Spencer

Part V. The Future of Algae in Human Affairs:
19. Algae in space Robert A. Wharton Jr, David T. Smernoff and Maurice M. Averner
20. The genetic improvement of algae progress and prospects John P. van der Meer
21. A future of phycotechnology Arthur Michio Nonomura


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- Marilyn M. Harlin
- W. Marshall Darley
- Mark M. Littler
- Diane S. Littler
- Eugene F. Stoermer
- Thomas F. Mumford Jr
- Akio Miura
- Louis D. Druehl
- Isabella A. Abbott
- Alan Jassby
- Jerry G. Lewis
- Norman F. Stanley
- G. Gordon Guist
- Kenneth G. Spencer
- William J. Oswald
- Elias Greenbaum
- Richard W. George
- Blaine Metting
- William R. Rayburn
- Pierre A. Reynaud
- Karen A. Steidinger
- Gabriel A. Vargo
- Paul R. Gorham
- Wayne W. Carmichael
- L. V. Evans
- Carole A. Lembi
- Steven W. O'Neal
- David F. Spencer
- Robert A. Wharton Jr
- David T. Smernoff
- Maurice M. Averner
- John P. van der Meer
- Arthur Michio Nonomura

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