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Algae could prevent limb amputation

Algae could prevent limb amputation

Critical Limb Ischemia (CLI) is a severe obstruction of the arteries which markedly reduces blood flow to the extremities (hands, feet, and legs) and...
University of Utah chemical engineering assistant professor Swomitra Mohanty, pictured with beakers of algae, is part of a team that has developed a new kind of jet mixer for turning algae into biomass that extracts the lipids with much less energy than the older extraction method. It is a key discovery that now puts this form of energy closer to becoming a viable, cost-effective alternative fuel. Credit: Dan Hixson/University of Utah College of Engineering

Turning Algae into fuel

High energy density transportation fuels remain essential to long distance transportation. However, scalable high energy density alternatives to fossil fuels remain challenging. Yet, microbial...
Cultivation of the unicellular red alga C. merolae in the laboratory

Scientists discovered a “switch” to increase starch accumulation in algae

In a new study, Tokyo Tech scientists have discovered a switch that can control the level of starch content in algae. The researchers demonstrated that starch...
Various combinations of algal species were grown in 80 cattle tanks in a federally funded biofuels experiment at the University of Michigan’s E.S. George Reserve near Pinckney, Mich. Each of the 290-gallon cattle tanks contains from one to four freshwater algal species. Image credit: Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography

Turning algae into diesel fuel

Scientists at the University of Munich are working on a way to turn algae into diesel fuel. Of course, this will be the first...