A brief look at the research into algal biofuels and other applications at Montana State University, in Boseman, Montana. MSU students and faculty are working with a number of federal agencies and private industry to develop advanced methods for third generation renewable biofuels. Research is focused on discovery, growth, and characterization of novel microbial strains and on developing a fundamental understanding of the metabolic machinery that leads the organisms to produce renewable fuels and feedstocks.

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Rich McEachran writes in the Guardian that, in the process of surfacing a road, layers of asphalt – which is composed mostly of bitumen (a byproduct of crude oil distilla...
The fully automated plant at the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna, Germany, was designed to produce microalgae at industrial scale. ...
Using microalgae to capture CO2 is a complex process, especially in flue gas environments, reports an editorial by IEA Clean Coal Centre in worldcoal.com. There are many ...
Tom Redmond and Yuko Takeo report for Bloomberg.com that, after 10 years of developing algae as a nutritional supplement generating $37.8 million in annual revenue, Japan...
In Japan, the Algae Biomass Energy System Development Research Center, headed by Professor Makoto Watanabe, was established at the University of Tsukuba on July 1. The ne...
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