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Thoré, Eli S.J.; Muylaert, Koenraad; Bertram, Michael; Brodin, Tomas


Microalgae, in the strictest definition, are eukaryotic, unicellular microorganisms that are photosynthetic and typically have an aquatic lifestyle. Despite the fact that cyanobacteria (or ‘blue-green algae’) are prokaryotic, and are therefore not true algae, we have included them in this overview because they have a similar physiology and ecology to eukaryotic microalgae, and share many biotechnological applications. In this Primer, we discuss the diversity of microalgae, their evolutionary origin and ecological importance, the role they have played in human affairs so far, and how they can help to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable society.

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Current Biology
2023, Volume: 33, number: 3, pages: R91-R95