The Buzz

MSU’s Algal Photobioreactor Licensed by Phenometrics, Inc.

June 29, 2011
AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com

Phenometrics, Inc. has licensed the algal simulation photo bioreactor technology from MSU Technologies at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. The technology was developed by the Kramer lab, under a grant from the National Alliance for the Advancement of Biofuel and Biomass Consortium (NAABB), which is funded by the U. S. Department of Energy.

The Phenometrics exclusive license is for the SPBRTM (Simulation Photo Bio Reactor), a desktop sized, high throughput algal photobioreactor that simulates field growing conditions. The unit’s computer controlled phenomic capabilities include: CO2 sparging, mixing, temperature and light cycles (diurnal, seasonal), and pH. Parallel growth and phenotypic analysis can be controlled and measured simultaneously in modular configurations of up to 250 units. Further customization is possible using a variety of probes and sensors. The volume of the culture vessel is 520cc.

“The great promise of phenomics is that revealing detailed properties of the plant under a wide range of conditions we can link physiological, biochemical, biophysical, genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and developmental information together,” said Kramer lab director Dr. David Kramer.

Research for the development of the SPBRTM was funded by the NAABB, a consortium of leading scientists and engineers from universities, private industry, and national laboratories led by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, MO and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Phenometrics, Inc. was founded in 2010 by Mimi C. Hall and Dr. David Kramer to develop and market unique phenomic and photosynthetic research tools to accelerate algal discoveries in the biofuel, food, pharmaceuticals, and waste remediation industries. Phenometrics is headquartered in East Lansing, Michigan with Sales and Marketing in San Diego, California.

Go to HOME Page

Copyright ©2010-2011 AlgaeIndustryMagazine.com. All rights reserved. Permission required to reprint this article in its entirety. Must include copyright statement and live hyperlinks. Contact editorial@algaeindustrymagazine.com. A.I.M. accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration, and takes no responsibility for the validity of claims made in submitted editorial.

Visit the A.I.M. Archives

AIM interview ArchivesAlgae 101 ArchivesHot Products ArchivesInnovations ArchivesMoney ArchivesProcess ArchivesResearch ArchivesScale Up ArchivesThe Buzz Archives

FREE Algae News & Updates

Sign up to receive breaking A.I.M. updates!

From The A.I.M. Archives

— Refresh Page for More Choices
Scientists at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire, have discovered that marine microalgae can completely replace the wild fish oil currently used to feed tilapia...
Tyler Treadway of TCPalm reports on technology joining the fight in response to the Florida algae blooms. He watches, as water from a boat basin topped with several inche...
Tafline Laylin writes for Inhabitat.com about the elegant solution that Romanian designer Alexandru Predonu has conceived that uses solar energy to power a rotating desal...
Jill Fehrenbacher writes in inhabitat.com that when it comes to design, Mother Nature has a lot to teach us. The field of Biodesign has emerged as an exciting new discipl...
Tom Lindfors writes in the New Richmond News about how the Roberts, Wisconsin, wastewater treatment plant – considered a minor utility designed to treat an average flow o...
Discovering which algae species is best suited to make biofuel is no small task. Researchers have tried to evaluate algae in test tubes, but often find lab results don’t ...
For algal biofuels to compete with petroleum, farming algae has to become less expensive. Toward that goal, Sandia National Laboratories is testing strains of algae for r...
A Quebec-based company that specializes in the manufacturing and commercialization of marine and seaweed-based products for agriculture and horticulture constructed a new...
Sarah Karacs reports for @CNNTech that Japanese firm Euglena has been cultivating a type of algae for use in food and cosmetics. But it sees a range of other potential us...
Matt Stultz writes in MakeZine.com about Algix’ unique 3-D printing filament created with a combination of algae and Polylactic Acid (PLA) – a biodegradable thermoplastic...
Suzanne Michaels, writes for the Las Cruces Sun-News that big implications are resulting from what looks like a small algae research project using the City’s wastewater. ...
The recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) of three projects to receive up to $8 million, aimed at reducing the costs of producing algal biofuels and ...