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Introduction to Algae

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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Rating 4.7 based on 50 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks
Starts Sep 30 (7 weeks ago)
Cost $49
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Instructors Dr. Stephen Mayfield, Ira "Ike" Levine
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Language English
Subjects Science Engineering Social Sciences
Tags Life Sciences Biology Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability Basic Science

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introductory course in 5 reviews

It was an interesting (and generally in-depth) introductory course.

It is the perfect Introductory course on algae ,most of the explanation is given in simple language from one algae pioneers , I would suggest every one this course , who want to know the applications of these beautiful creatures one of the best course to know everything about algae.

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excelente curso in 3 reviews

Excelente curso, muy util y fácil de entender Great introductory course to algae covering a diverse range of topics such as biology (e.g.

Excelente curso para conocer el panorama actual del cultivo de algas, retos, requerimientos y aplicaciones Excellent overview.

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very useful in 3 reviews

An excellent introductory course providing very useful theory and practical information.

:) very useful Really in depth but simple to understand.

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Rating 4.7 based on 50 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 5 weeks
Starts Sep 30 (7 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From University of California San Diego via Coursera
Instructors Dr. Stephen Mayfield, Ira "Ike" Levine
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Science Engineering Social Sciences
Tags Life Sciences Biology Physical Science And Engineering Environmental Science And Sustainability Basic Science

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