Application of Microalgae and Fungal-Microalgal Associations for Wastewater Treatment

  • Ewere Job Egede
  • Huw Jones
  • Bryan Cook
  • Diane PurchaseEmail author
  • Aidyn Mouradov
Part of the Fungal Biology book series (FUNGBIO)


Microalgal applications represent potential green and smart solutions for the treatment of different types of wastewaters. Fungal–microalgal associations are gaining increasing attention as a low cost and an efficient strategy for the concentration of microalgal cells and the additive contribution of their components to the production of value-added chemicals and biofuels. In spite of the obvious attractiveness of microalgal-based bioremediation, there are still some challenges that can affect their economic viability. The costs associated with removing microalgal cells from treated wastewaters and harvesting them for the production of value-added products can account for up to 50 % of the total cost. With both biological components known to be involved in absorption of key nutrients and microelements from growing environments, fungal–microalgal consortiums show cumulative and synergistic effects on wastewater treatment efficiencies. This review covers the potential of microalgal representatives and their association with filamentous fungi for the treatment of different types of wastewaters and conversion of generated biomass into value-added chemicals and biofuels.


Bio-flocculation Biofuel Filamentous fungi Microalgae Wastewater 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ewere Job Egede
    • 1
  • Huw Jones
    • 1
  • Bryan Cook
    • 2
  • Diane Purchase
    • 1
    Email author
  • Aidyn Mouradov
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Science and Technology,Middlesex UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of SciencesRoyal Melbourne Institute of Technology, UniversityBundooraAustralia

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