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The research project AlgaPHESH aims at utilizing microalgal biomass in order to produce phenolic components with strong antioxidant activity for cosmetics, while the residual biomass is intended for breeding zooplankton or fish in national fish farming facilities (Image).

Despite the environmental and biotechnological advantages of microalgal technology, the production of phenolic components by these microorganisms has not been extensively studied up to date, mainly due to the low intracellular concentrations observed, while almost all commercially available natural phenolic components derive from plants. To this end, promising marine species of microalgae are expected to constitute an alternative source of natural antioxidants, simultaneously utilizing low-value raw materials (seawater and CO2).