Protein factor increases yield of biofuel precursor

As an alternative to traditional fossil fuels, biofuels represent a more environmentally friendly and sustainable fuel source. Plant or animal fats can be converted to biofuels through a process called transesterification. In particular, the storage molecule triacylglycerol (TAG), found in microscopic algae…

Genetic manipulation for algal biofuel productivity

The Suffield Times reports that Dr. Hiroyuki Ohta, at Tokyo Institute of Technology, along with a team of scientists, has discovered a means to enhance the manufacturing of triacylglycerols – fat-based molecules – within the Nannochloropsis algal strain NNIES-2145, thereby synthesizing oil from the microalgae…