Online Event
September 01-03, 2022 | Online Event
GPMB 2022

Marine macroalgae as a sustainable bioresource for the blue economy

Nitin Trivedi, Speaker at Plant Science Conference
Institute of Chemical Technology, India
Title : Marine macroalgae as a sustainable bioresource for the blue economy


In the last decade, marine macroalgae (or seaweeds) have emerged as the most promising renewable bioresource to produce distinct valuable products. The distinctive advantages of high growth rate, CO2 sequestration potential, no arable land, and freshwater requirement have made seaweeds a demanding feedstock for several biobased products. Traditionally, macroalgae have been utilized to extract a single bioproduct in a direct extraction which left huge biomass chunks as a waste. However, with the introduction of biorefinery, the macroalgae now can be used to extract multiple value-added products in a sequential process with negligible leftover residues. The biorefinery design makes the process economically viable and opens a window for seaweed-based startups. Nevertheless, the macroalgal biorefinery concept with advanced technology involvement has revolutionized a part of the global economy to be the seaweed global green-circular economy. Therefore, the talk would mainly focus on the different zero waste management strategies to utilize the complete macroalgal biomass (from fresh to residue) by producing various primary and secondary products, a possible seaweed biorefinery-based economical model, and recent advances in macroalgal biotechnology.


Dr. Nitin Trivedi, an Assistant Professor (DST INSPIRE) at DBT-ICT CEB, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India, obtained a graduation and post-graduation degree in Microbiology followed by Ph.D. degree (2015) in Biological Science from CSIR-CSMCRI, Bhavnagar, Gujarat, India. Since 2009, Dr. Trivedi has been working in Seaweed Biotechnology (Phycology) and marine microbial biotechnology. So far, he got 18 publications in SCI journals, 11 book chapters (accepted/under review), and two patents to his credits. He received several national and international fellowships/awards like DST INSPIRE Faculty by DST, New Delhi, DSKPDF by UGC, New Delhi, ARO PDF in Israel, PDF at Dalhousie University, Canada, Visiting Scientist at the University of Algarve, Portugal, guest researcher at University of Messina, Italy, etc. Dr. Trivedi has delivered several invited talks and serves as a reviewer of SCI journals/funding agencies such as Energy & Fuel (ACS), Energy conversion & Management (Elsevier), Process Biochemistry (Elsevier), Rendiconti Lincei (Springer), 3 Biotech (Springer), Critical Reviews in Biotechnology (Taylor and Francis) and National Research Foundation (NRF), South Africa