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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

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
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Type: Scientific

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Abstract:
The laboratory Aquatic Biology of the KU Leuven University (Kulak Kortrijk Campus) 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 cultivation of marine microalgae.

The group focuses on the use of marine microalgae in sustainable technologies such as replacing fish oil by algae oil and microalgae as a source of new natural products (antioxidants, pigments). They group focuses on several challenges related to microalgae production, such as the cost-effective harvesting of microalgae, the development of techniques for the extraction and processing of omega-3 fatty acids from microalgae and the control of contamination of large-scale cultures by pest organisms.

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), University of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia), Korea Institute of Energy Research (Daejeon, South Korea), Universidade Federal de Rio Grande (Brazil) and the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico).

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  • Peer reviewed article Rodero, M.; Muñoz, R.; Lebrero, R.; Verfaillie, A.; Blockx, J.; Thielemans, W.; Muylaert, K.; Praveenkumar, R. (2020). Harvesting microalgal-bacterial biomass from biogas upgrading process and evaluating the impact of flocculants on their growth during repeated recycling of the spent medium. Algal Research 48: 101915. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.algal.2020.101915, more
  • Peer reviewed article Verfaillie, A.; Blockx, J.; Praveenkumar, R.; Thielemans, W.; Muylaert, K. (2020). Harvesting of marine microalgae using cationic cellulose nanocrystals. Carbohydrate Polymers 240: 116165. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.carbpol.2020.116165, more
  • Peer reviewed article Blockx, J.; Verfaillie, A.; Thielemans, W.; Muylaert, K. (2018). Unravelling the mechanism of chitosan-driven flocculation of microalgae in seawater as a function of pH. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 6(9): 11273-11279. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1021/acssuschemeng.7b04802, more
  • Peer reviewed article Deconinck, N.; Muylaert, K.; Ivens, W.; Vandamme, D. (2018). Innovative harvesting processes for microalgae biomass production: a perspective from patent literature. Algal Research 31: 469-477. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.algal.2018.01.016, more
  • Peer reviewed article Flandroy, L.; Poutahidis, T.; Berg, G.; Clarke, G.; Dao, M.-C.; Decaestecker, E.; Furman, E.; Haahtela, T.; Massart, S.; Plovier, H.; Sanz, Y.; Rook, G. (2018). The impact of human activities and lifestyles on the interlinked microbiota and health of humans and of ecosystems. Sci. Total Environ. 627: 1018-1038. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.01.288, more
  • Peer reviewed article Nguyen, T.K.H.; Deruyck, B.; Decaestecker, E.; Vandamme, D.; Muylaert, K. (2018). Natural chemicals produced by marine microalgae as predator deterrents can be used to control ciliates contamination in microalgal cultures. Algal Research 29: 297-303. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.algal.2017.11.036, more
  • Peer reviewed article Syed, M.S.; Rafeie, M.; Vandamme, D.; Asadnia, M.; Henderson, R.; Taylor, R.A.; Warkiani, M.E. (2018). Selective separation of microalgae cells using inertial microfluidics. Bioresour. Technol. 252: 91-99. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.biortech.2017.12.065, more
  • Peer reviewed article Vandamme, D.; Gheysen, L.; Muylaert, K.; Foubert, I. (2018). Impact of harvesting method on total lipid content and extraction efficiency for Phaeodactylum tricornutum. Separation and Purification Technology 194: 362-367. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.seppur.2017.10.035, more
  • Peer reviewed article Aleman-Nava, G.S.; Muylaert, K.; Cuellar Bermudez, S.P.; Depraetere, O.; Rittmann, B.; Parra-Saldivar, R.; Vandamme, D. (2017). Two-stage cultivation of Nannochloropsis oculata for lipid production using reversible alkaline flocculation. Bioresour. Technol. 226: 18-23. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.biortech.2016.11.121, more
  • Peer reviewed article Balduyck, L.; Stock, T.; Bijttebier, S.; Bruneel, C.; Jacobs, G.; Voorspoels, S.; Muylaert, K.; Foubert, I. (2017). Integrity of the microalgal cell plays a major role in the lipolytic stability during wet storage. Algal Research 25: 516-524. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.algal.2017.06.013, more
  • Peer reviewed article Esquivel-Hernandez, D.A.; Rodriguez-Rodriguez, J.; Cuéllar-Bermúdez, S.P.; Garcia-Perez, J.S.; Mancera-Andrade, E.I.; Núñez-Echevarría, J.E.; Ontiveros-Valencia, A.; Rostro-Alanis, M.; Garcia-Garcia, R.M.; Torres, J.A.; Chen, W.N.; Parra-Saldivar, R. (2017). Effect of supercritical carbon dioxide extraction parameters on the biological activities and metabolites present in extracts from Arthrospira platensis. Mar. Drugs 15(6): 174. https://hdl.handle.net/10.3390/md15060174, more
  • Peer reviewed article Esquivel-Hernandez, D.A.; Ibarra-Garza, I.P.; Rodriguez-Rodriguez, J.; Cuéllar-Bermúdez, S.P.; Rostro-Alanis, M.; Aleman-Nava, G.S.; Garcia-Perez, J.S.; Parra-Saldivar, R. (2017). Green extraction technologies for high-value metabolites from algae: a review. Biofuels Bioproducts & Biorefining-Biofpr 11(1): 215-231. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1002/bbb.1735, more
  • Peer reviewed article Roselet, F.; Vandamme, D.; Roselet, M.; Muylaert, K.; Abreu, P.C. (2017). Effects of pH, salinity, biomass concentration, and algal organic matter on flocculant efficiency of synthetic versus natural polymers for harvesting microalgae biomass. Bioenergy Research 10(2): 427-437. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s12155-016-9806-3, more
  • Peer reviewed article Syed, M.S.; Rafeie, M.; Henderson, R.; Vandamme, D.; Asadnia, M.; Warkiani, M.E. (2017). A 3D-printed mini-hydrocyclone for high throughput particle separation: application to primary harvesting of microalgae. Lab on a Chip 17(14): 2459-2469. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1039/c7lc00294g, more
  • Peer reviewed article Alam, M.A.; Vandamme, D.; Chun, W.; Zhao, X.; Foubert, I.; Wang, Z.; Muylaert, K.; Yuan, Z. (2016). Bioflocculation as an innovative harvesting strategy for microalgae. Reviews in Environmental Science and Bio/Technology 15(4): 573-583. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s11157-016-9408-8, more
  • Peer reviewed article Lama, S.; Muylaert, K.; Karki, T.B.; Foubert, I.; Henderson, R.K.; Vandamme, D. (2016). Flocculation properties of several microalgae and a cyanobacterium species during ferric chloride, chitosan and alkaline flocculation. Bioresour. Technol. 220: 464-470. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.biortech.2016.08.080, more
  • Peer reviewed article Marbelia, L.; Mulier, M.; Vandamme, D.; Muylaert, K.; Szymczyk, A.; Vankelecom, I.F.J. (2016). Polyacrylonitrile membranes for microalgae filtration: Influence of porosity, surface charge and microalgae species on membrane fouling. Algal Research 19: 128-137. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.algal.2016.08.004, more
  • Peer reviewed article Asselman, J.; De Coninck, D.I.M.; Vandegehuchte, M.B.; Jansen, M.; Decaestecker, E.; De Meester, L.; Vanden Bussche, J.; Vanhaecke, L.; Janssen, C.R.; De Schamphelaere, K.A.C. (2015). Global cytosine methylation in Daphnia magna depends on genotype, environment, and their interaction. Environ. Toxicol. Chem. 34(5): 1056-1061. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1002/etc.2887, more
  • 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. https://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. https://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. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.algal.2015.05.008, 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. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s12155-014-9554-1, 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. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biortech.2015.08.042, more
  • Peer reviewed article Bilad, M.R.; Discart, V.; Vandamme, D.; Foubert, I.; Muylaert, K.; Vankelecom, I.F.J. (2014). Coupled cultivation and pre-harvesting of microalgae in a membrane photobioreactor (MPBR). Bioresour. Technol. 155: 410-417. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.biortech.2013.05.026, 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. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s10811-013-0189-y, 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. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.foodchem.2014.03.087, 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. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.algal.2013.11.001, 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 Bruneel, C.; Lemahieu, C.; Fraeye, I.; Ryckebosch, E.; Muylaert, K.; Buyse, J.; Foubert, I. (2013). Impact of microalgal feed supplementation on omega-3 fatty acid enrichment of hen eggs. J. Funct. Foods 5(2): 897-904. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.jff.2013.01.039, more
  • Peer reviewed article Ryckebosch, E.; 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. https://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. https://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. https://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. https://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. https://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. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s10811-009-9488-8, more
  • Peer reviewed article Muylaert, K.; Vandamme, D.; Meesschaert, B.; Foubert, I. (2009). Flocculation of microalgae using cationic starch. Phycologia 48(4): 63, 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
  • Sandra, M. (2018). De link tussen het klimaat en thermale stratificatie in tropische bergmeren. MSc Thesis. KU Leuven, Faculteit Wetenschappen, Departement Biologie, Labo Aquatic Biology: Leuven. vii, 66 + addendum pp., 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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