Analysis of Scientific Research Driving Microalgae Market Opportunities in Europe

Type Article
Date 2020-05
Language English
Author(s) Rumin Judith1, Nicolau Elodie2, Junior Raimundo Gonçalves De Oliveira1, Fuentes-Grünewald Claudio3, Picot Laurent1
Affiliation(s) 1 : La Rochelle Université, UMRi CNRS 7266 LIENSs, Avenue Crépeau, 17042 La Rochelle, France
2 : IFREMER, Laboratoire BRM/PBA, Rue de l’Ile d’Yeu, 44311 Nantes, France
3 : Department of Biosciences, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea, Wales SA2 8PP, UK
Source Marine Drugs (1660-3397) (MDPI AG), 2020-05 , Vol. 18 , N. 5 , P. 264 (32p.)
DOI 10.3390/md18050264
Keyword(s) bibliometric, microalgae, biofertilizers, bioplastics, biotechnology, cosmetics, Europe, food, GMO, market, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals, research
Abstract

A bibliographic database of scientific papers published by authors affiliated to research institutions worldwide, especially focused in Europe and in the European Atlantic Area, and containing the keywords “microalga(e)” or “phytoplankton” was built. A corpus of 79,020 publications was obtained and analyzed using the Orbit Intellixir software to characterize the research trends related to microalgae markets, markets opportunities and technologies that could have important impacts on markets evolution. Six major markets opportunities, the production of biofuels, bioplastics, biofertilizers, nutraceuticals, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, and two fast-evolving technological domains driving markets evolution, microalgae harvesting and extraction technologies and production of genetically modified (GM-)microalgae, were highlighted. We here present an advanced analysis of these research domains to give an updated overview of scientific concepts driving microalgae markets.

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