Editor, Chemical Industry Digest
"Algaescan is a very timely and much needed site. Despite the crashing oil and gas prices, alternatives to fuels and chemicals, particularly through the renewables route are required from the sustainability perspective and to remain as a competitor to petro routes. In this, apart from biomass, algae has great potential. Not only fuels but one can obtain an assortment of useful compounds from algae to make platform chemicals, nutraceuticals, bio plastics and so on. The key to success in algae based technologies is to ensure that the widest number of such compounds be produced.
Algaescan provides precisely such wide ranging information, on the variety of algal strains to the range of products that can be extracted from each strain. With the user friendly search function to retrieve such information on algal strains as well as on the products, it would be a boon to scientists, researchers, engineers working in this important emerging area. It will also be of great benefit to existing companies and for entrepreneurs eager to enter this field."