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The use of microalgae as a high-value organic slow-release fertilizer results in tomatoes with increased carotenoid and sugar levels

Joeri Coppens, Oliver Grunert, Sofie Van Den Hende, Ilse Vanhoutte UGent, Nico Boon UGent, Geert Haesaert UGent and Leen De Gelder UGent (2016) JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYCOLOGY. 28(4). p.2367-2377
abstract
The heightened awareness concerning environmental preservation, resource scarcity, food safety, and nutrition has engendered the need for a more sustainable and resource-efficient agricultural production system. In this context, microalgae offer the potential to recover nutrients from waste streams and subsequently use the microalgal biomass as a sustainable slow-release fertilizer. The aim of this study was to assess microalgal bacterial flocs treating aquaculture wastewater and marine microalgae as organic slow-release fertilizers for tomato cultivation. Comparable plant growth was observed using microalgal and commercial organic fertilizer treatments. Furthermore, the microalgal fertilizers improved the fruit quality through an increase in sugar and carotenoid content, although a lower tomato yield was obtained. An economic evaluation indicates the economic feasibility of the microalgae-based fertilizers. Further research is required to optimize the microalgae-based fertilizer composition.
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keyword
NUTRIENTS, YIELD, NITROGEN RELEASE, MaB-flocs, Biofertilizer, Horticulture, Nannochloropsis, Nutrient recovery, Wastewater treatment
journal title
JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYCOLOGY
J. Appl. Phycol.
volume
28
issue
4
pages
2367 - 2377
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000383571300024
JCR category
MARINE & FRESHWATER BIOLOGY
JCR impact factor
2.616 (2016)
JCR rank
18/105 (2016)
JCR quartile
1 (2016)
ISSN
0921-8971
DOI
10.1007/s10811-015-0775-2
language
English
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yes
classification
A1
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7101669
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-7101669
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2016-02-25 13:36:37
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2016-12-19 15:48:21
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  abstract     = {The heightened awareness concerning environmental preservation, resource scarcity, food safety, and nutrition has engendered the need for a more sustainable and resource-efficient agricultural production system. In this context, microalgae offer the potential to recover nutrients from waste streams and subsequently use the microalgal biomass as a sustainable slow-release fertilizer. The aim of this study was to assess microalgal bacterial flocs treating aquaculture wastewater and marine microalgae as organic slow-release fertilizers for tomato cultivation. Comparable plant growth was observed using microalgal and commercial organic fertilizer treatments. Furthermore, the microalgal fertilizers improved the fruit quality through an increase in sugar and carotenoid content, although a lower tomato yield was obtained. An economic evaluation indicates the economic feasibility of the microalgae-based fertilizers. Further research is required to optimize the microalgae-based fertilizer composition.},
  author       = {Coppens, Joeri and Grunert, Oliver and Van Den Hende, Sofie and Vanhoutte, Ilse and Boon, Nico and Haesaert, Geert and De Gelder, Leen},
  issn         = {0921-8971},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYCOLOGY},
  keyword      = {NUTRIENTS,YIELD,NITROGEN RELEASE,MaB-flocs,Biofertilizer,Horticulture,Nannochloropsis,Nutrient recovery,Wastewater treatment},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {2367--2377},
  title        = {The use of microalgae as a high-value organic slow-release fertilizer results in tomatoes with increased carotenoid and sugar levels},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10811-015-0775-2},
  volume       = {28},
  year         = {2016},
}

Chicago
Coppens, Joeri, Oliver Grunert, Sofie Van Den Hende, Ilse Vanhoutte, Nico Boon, Geert Haesaert, and Leen De Gelder. 2016. “The Use of Microalgae as a High-value Organic Slow-release Fertilizer Results in Tomatoes with Increased Carotenoid and Sugar Levels.” Journal of Applied Phycology 28 (4): 2367–2377.
APA
Coppens, Joeri, Grunert, O., Van Den Hende, S., Vanhoutte, I., Boon, N., Haesaert, G., & De Gelder, L. (2016). The use of microalgae as a high-value organic slow-release fertilizer results in tomatoes with increased carotenoid and sugar levels. JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYCOLOGY, 28(4), 2367–2377.
Vancouver
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Coppens J, Grunert O, Van Den Hende S, Vanhoutte I, Boon N, Haesaert G, et al. The use of microalgae as a high-value organic slow-release fertilizer results in tomatoes with increased carotenoid and sugar levels. JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYCOLOGY. 2016;28(4):2367–77.
MLA
Coppens, Joeri, Oliver Grunert, Sofie Van Den Hende, et al. “The Use of Microalgae as a High-value Organic Slow-release Fertilizer Results in Tomatoes with Increased Carotenoid and Sugar Levels.” JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYCOLOGY 28.4 (2016): 2367–2377. Print.