Michele Greque de Morais, Jorge Alberto Vieira Costa, Ana Priscila Centeno da Rosa, Lucielen Oliveira dos Santos, Cristiane Reinaldo Lisbôa and Thaisa Duarte Santos
College of Chemistry and Food Engineering, Federal University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande-RS, Brazil
Microalgae are considered alternative sources of essential nutrients for quality of life. Recent researches also show potential application of these microorganisms to develop sustainable materials. Thus, the cultivation of microalgae is an alternative to sustainability, aiming high production with a lower environmental impact on the planet. In this context, since 2014 the Biochemical Engineering Laboratory (LEB) is developing a project with the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI) aimed at contribute to the development of a sustainable microalgae production system, environmentally and economically viable, through the introduction of foods enriched with Spirulina in school meals and development of sustainable materials. After tests of formulations performed in the Processing Center of Food with Spirulina, the following foods were developed: lemon cake, chocolate cake, chocolate cookie, lemon cookie and chocolate pudding. In parallel, it was studied the development of sustainable materials, in which different compositions of biodegradable paints were prepared containing extracted biopolymer from Spirulina biomass to be applied in construction of popular interest.
Acknowledgments: The authors thank the Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia e Inovação (MCTI) by the financial support to conduct this work.
Keywords: Biodegradable Paints, Food, Microalga, School Meals, Sustainability.