I am currently running an experiment in the greenhouse looking at how Nannochloropsis salina grows on wastewater. I am hoping to quantify the value of using wastewater for algal biomass production. So far, I feel like this topic has been raised and several good review papers produced on this topic. I am researching this topic because I have interests both in wastewater treatment and in algal biomass production. My experiments are ongoing, but in short, wastewater outperforms the standard media used to grow Nannochloropsis salina. I am not sure what to attribute this to; higher nutrients, positive bacterial interactions....?
I am conducting this research at New Mexico State University in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department.