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Laboratorium Aquatische Biologie (KULeuven)
www.kuleuven-kulak.be/biology
www.kuleuven-kulak.be/en/research/research-at-kulak/aquatische-biologie/team

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English name: Laboratory Aquatic Biology
Parent institute: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven; Campus Kortrijk; Faculteit Wetenschappen en Technologie; Departement Biologie (KULeuven), more
Address:
Etienne Sabbelaan 53
8500 Kortrijk
Belgium
 
Type: Scientific

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Abstract:
The laboratory Aquatic Biology of the KU Leuven University (branch Kortrijk, KULAK) was founded in 2008. The laboratory conducts fundamental and applied research with regard to aquatic microorganisms in both natural and artificial waters. The research focuses on three main topics: (1) the causes and solutions for eutrophication and algal blooms, both in freshwater and marine ecosystems; (2) the development of applications of microalgae, such as in waste water treatment, biofuel production or food and animal feed. The main aim of the marine microalgae research is to discover particular species that are a source of omega-3 fatty acids and new antioxidants; (3) fundamental research regarding the evolutionary interaction between parasites and their hosts, using the water flea Daphnia as an animal model.

The marine topics studied by this group can be summarised as follows:
- Study of the variations in phytoplankton diversity and density in the Scheldt estuary;
- Research on marine microalgae cultures.

In the near future, the group will further focus on the use of marine microalgae in sustainable technologies such as replacing fish oil by algae and microalgae as a source of new natural products. The group has to face several challenges, such as the cost-effective harvesting of microalgae, the development of techniques for the extraction and processing of omega-3 fatty acids from microalgae, the screening of microalgae for new antioxidants and the study of nutrient recuperation from waste streams by microalgae.

In the scope of the above-mentioned research, the laboratory collaborates intensively with the Agricultural University of Athens (Athens, Greece), IMDEA Energy (Madrid, Spain), National Renewable Energy Laboratories (Golden, USA), Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, USA), Murdoch University (Murdoch, Australia), Universidade Federal de Rio Grande (Brazil) and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico).

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  • Peer reviewed article Balduyck, L.; Veryser, C.; Goiris, K.; Bruneel, C.; Muylaert, K.; Foubert, I. (2015). Optimization of a Nile Red method for rapid lipid determination in autotrophic, marine microalgae is species dependent. J. microbiol. methods 118: 152-158. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2015.09.009, more
  • Peer reviewed article Goiris, K.; Van Colen, W.; Wilches, I.; Leon-Tamariz, F.; De Cooman, L.; Muylaert, K. (2015). Impact of nutrient stress on antioxidant production in three species of microalgae. Algal Research 7: 51-57. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.algal.2014.12.002, more
  • Peer reviewed article Roselet, F; Vandamme, D.; Roselet, M; Muylaert, K.; Abreu, C (2015). Screening of commercial natural and synthetic cationic polymers for flocculation of freshwater and marine microalgae and effects of molecular weight and charge density. Algal Research 10: 183-188. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.algal.2015.05.008, more
  • Peer reviewed article Vandamme, D.; Pohl, P.; Beuckels, A.; Foubert, I.; Brady, P.; Hewson, J.; Muylaert, K. (2015). Alkaline flocculation of Phaeodactylum tricornutum induced by brucite and calcite. Bioresour. Technol. 196: 656-661. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2015.08.042, more
  • Peer reviewed article Vandamme, D.; Beuckels, A.; Markou, G.; Foubert, I.; Muylaert, K. (2015). Reversible flocculation of microalgae using magnesium hydroxide. Bioenergy Research 8(2): 716-725. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s12155-014-9554-1, more
  • Peer reviewed article Ryckebosch, E.; Cuéllar Bermúdez, S.P.; Termote-Verhalle, R.; Bruneel, C.; Muylaert, K.; Parra-Saldivar, R.; Foubert, I. (2014). Influence of extraction solvent system on the extractability of lipid components from the biomass of Nannochloropsis gaditana. J. Appl. Phycol. 26(3): 1501-1510. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s10811-013-0189-y, more
  • Peer reviewed article Ryckebosch, E.; Bruneel, C.; Termote-Verhalle, R.; Muylaert, K.; Foubert, I. (2014). Influence of extraction solvent system on extractability of lipid components from different microalgae species. Algal Research 3: 36-43. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.algal.2013.11.001, more
  • Peer reviewed article Ryckebosch, E.; Bruneel, C.; Termote-Verhalle, R.; Goiris, K.; Muylaert, K.; Foubert, I (2014). Nutritional evaluation of microalgae oils rich in omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids as an alternative for fish oil. Food Chemistry 160: 393-400. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2014.03.087, more
  • Peer reviewed article Beuckels, A.; Depraetere, O.; Vandamme, D.; Foubert, I.; Smolders, E.; Muylaert, K. (2013). Influence of organic matter on flocculation of Chlorella vulgaris by calcium phosphate precipitation. Biomass Bioenerg. 54: 107-114. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.biombioe.2013.03.027, more
  • Peer reviewed article Bilad, M.R.; Discart, V.; Vandamme, D.; Foubert, I.; Muylaert, K.; Vankelecom, I.F.J. (2013). Harvesting microalgal biomass using a magnetically induced membrane vibration (MMV) system: filtration performance and energy consumption. Bioresour. Technol. 138: 329-338. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.biortech.2013.03.175, more
  • Peer reviewed article Ryckebosch, E.; Bruneel, C.; Bruneel, C.; Termote-Verhalle, R.; Lemahieu, C.; Muylaert, K.; Van Durme, J.; Goiris, K.; Foubert, I. (2013). Stability of omega-3 LC-PUFA-rich photoautotrophic microalgal oils compared to commercially available omega-3 LC-PUFA oils. J. Agric. Food Chem. 61(42): 10145-10155. hdl.handle.net/10.1021/jf402296s, more
  • Peer reviewed article Van Durme, J.; Goiris, K.; De Winne, A.; De Cooman, L.; Muylaert, K. (2013). Evaluation of the volatile composition and sensory properties of five species of microalgae. J. Agric. Food Chem. 61(46): 10881-10890. dx.doi.org/10.1021/jf403112k, more
  • Peer reviewed article Vandamme, D.; Foubert, I.; Muylaert, K. (2013). Flocculation as a low-cost method for harvesting microalgae for bulk biomass production. Trends Biotechnol. 31(4): 233-239. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.tibtech.2012.12.005, more
  • Peer reviewed article Bilad, M.R.; Vandamme, D.; Foubert, I.; Muylaert, K.; Vankelecom, I.F.J. (2012). Harvesting microalgal biomass using submerged microfiltration membranes. Bioresour. Technol. 111: 343-352. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.biortech.2012.02.009, more
  • Peer reviewed article Callens, M.; Gheerardyn, H.; Ndaro, S.G.M.; De Troch, M.; Vanreusel, A. (2012). Harpacticoid copepod colonization of coral fragments in a tropical reef lagoon (Zanzibar, Tanzania). J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 92(7): 1535-1545. dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0025315411001597, more
  • Peer reviewed article Fraeye, I.; Bruneel, C.; Lemahieu, C.; Buyse, J.; Muylaert, K.; Foubert, I. (2012). Dietary enrichment of eggs with omega-3 fatty acids: a review. Food Res. Int. 48(2): 961-969. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.foodres.2012.03.014, more
  • Peer reviewed article Goiris, K.; Muylaert, K.; Fraeye, I.; Foubert, I.; De Brabanter, J.; De Cooman, L. (2012). Antioxidant potential of microalgae in relation to their phenolic and carotenoid content. J. Appl. Phycol. 24(6): 1477-1486. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s10811-012-9804-6, more
  • Peer reviewed article Goiris, K.; De Vreese, P.; De Cooman, L.; Muylaert, K. (2012). Rapid screening and guided extraction of antioxidants from microalgae using voltammetric methods. J. Agric. Food Chem. 60(30): 7359-7366. hdl.handle.net/10.1021/jf302345j, more
  • Peer reviewed article Ryckebosch, E.; Bruneel, C.; Muylaert, K.; Foubert, I. (2012). Microalgae as an alternative source of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids. Lipid Technol. 24(6): 128-130. hdl.handle.net/10.1002/lite.201200197, more
  • Peer reviewed article Vandamme, D.; Foubert, I.; Fraeye, I.; Muylaert, K. (2012). Influence of organic matter generated by Chlorella vulgaris on five different modes of flocculation. Bioresour. Technol. 124: 508-511. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.biortech.2012.08.121, more
  • Peer reviewed article Vandamme, D.; Foubert, I.; Fraeye, I.; Meesschaert, B.; Muylaert, K. (2012). Flocculation of Chlorella vulgaris induced by high pH: Role of magnesium and calcium and practical implications. Bioresour. Technol. 105: 114-119. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.biortech.2011.11.105, more
  • Peer reviewed article Ryckebosch, E.; Muylaert, K.; Eeckhout, M.; Ruyssen, T.; Foubert, I. (2011). Influence of drying and storage on lipid and carotenoid stability of the microalga Phaeodactylum tricornutum. J. Agric. Food Chem. 59(20): 11063-11069. hdl.handle.net/10.1021/jf2025456, more
  • Peer reviewed article Vandamme, D.; Pontes, S.C.V.; Goiris, K.; Foubert, I.; Pinoy, L.J.J.; Muylaert, K. (2011). Evaluation of electro-coagulation-flocculation for harvesting marine and freshwater microalgae. Biotechnol. Bioeng. 108(10): 2320-2329. hdl.handle.net/10.1002/bit.23199, more
  • Peer reviewed article Sabbe, K.; Vanelslander, B.; Ribeiro, L.; Witkowski, A.; Muylaert, K.; Vyverman, W. (2010). A new genus, Pierrecomperia gen. nov., a new species and two new combinations in the marine diatom family Cymatosiraceae. Vie Milieu (1980) 60(3): 243-256, more
  • Peer reviewed article Vandamme, D.; Foubert, I.; Meesschaert, B.; Muylaert, K. (2010). Flocculation of microalgae using cationic starch. J. Appl. Phycol. 22(4): 525-530. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s10811-009-9488-8, more
  • Peer reviewed article Muylaert, K.; Sabbe, K.; Vyverman, W. (2009). Changes in phytoplankton diversity and community composition along the salinity gradient of the Schelde estuary (Belgium/The Netherlands). Est., Coast. and Shelf Sci. 82(2): 335-340. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2009.01.024, more
  • Peer reviewed article Muylaert, K.; Vandamme, D.; Meesschaert, B.; Foubert, I. (2009). Flocculation of microalgae using cationic starch. Phycologia 48(4): 63, more
  • Balduyck, L.; Goiris, K.; Bruneel, C.; Muylaert, K.; Foubert, I. (2015). Stability of valuable components during wet and dry storage, in: Kim, S.-K. Handbook of marine microalgae. pp. 81-89, more
  • Beuckels, A.; Smolders, E.; Muylaert, K. (2014). Wastewater treatment using microalgae, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) Book of abstracts – VLIZ Young Scientists’ Day. Brugge, Belgium, 7 March 2014. VLIZ Special Publication, 67: pp. 19, more
  • Lancelot, C.; Muylaert, K. (2011). Trends in estuarine phytoplankton ecology, in: Wolanski, E. et al. Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science: 7. Functioning ecosystems at the land-ocean interface. pp. 5-15. dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-374711-2.00703-8, more

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