Microalgae are microscopic plankton that convert solar energy into chemical energy through photosynthesis and contains numerous number of bioactive compounds than can be used at a commercial scale. It is mostly used to produce a wide variety of wide range of metabolites such as proteins, lipids, carbohydrates, carotenoids or vitamins for health, food and feed additives, cosmetics and for energy production. The commercial application of microalgae includes microalgae can be used to enhance the nutritional value of food and animal feed owing to their chemical composition; they play a crucial role in aquaculture and they can be incorporated into cosmetics. Moreover, they are cultivated as a source of highly valuable molecules. The global market is estimated and forecasted in terms of revenue (USD million) generated by microalgae market. The factors driving the global microalgae market include, rising demand of functional food, growing applications and cost effective raw material. Moreover, the highest growth is attributed to technological and scientific innovations and developments, along with increasing importance and use of microalgae in the agri-food market. Large investments from government and industries has stimulated the biotechnological research of microalgae. However, the growth of the microalgae market is hindered by factors such as, lack of co-ordination between research organizations and microalgae producers and high technology cost. The report analyses the global microalgae market into type of algae, application and geography. Based on the type of algae, the market is segmented into spirulina, chlorella and dunaliella. In 2017, the spirulina segment accounted for the largest market share in the global microalgae market and is expected to maintain its dominance over the forecast period owing to it wide range of commercial application and increasing demand for nutritional supplement as it is an excellent source of proteins, vitamins, and pigments The major applications of the microalgae market are dietary supplements, food and animal feed, pharmaceutical, cosmetic, chemical and other. Food and feed industry by application leads the global microalgae market in terms of revenue as microalgae are widely used to enhance the nutrient value of the animal feed which helps in the growth of the animals. By geography, the global microalgae market is studied across the countries of key regions such as, North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and rest of the world. Rest of the world includes Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing region during the prediction period. The large volume of microalgae is currently produced by Asian producers. However, in recent years few European companies have started their operations in Australia and in the United States by acquiring local players. Large number of studies are being conducted on genetic modification of algae to produce biofuel, bio-chemicals and other bio-products. Some of the key participants of the global microalgae market are Algae Tec, Pond Biofuels Incorporated, LiveFuels, Inc., Algae Systems LLC, Sapphire Energy, Inc., Solazyme, Inc., Diversified Energy Corporation, Algenol, Kai BioEnergy Corp., Algix, DSM Nutritional Products, Dao Energy, LLC, Phycal LLC, and Kent BioEnergy Corporation. The report includes in-depth analysis of market drivers, restraints, market trends and competitive landscape across various geographies. The competitive landscape section includes all market deals of last 2 years of microalgae market. It includes new product launches, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, agreements etc.
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