Micro-Algae for the Production of Biofuels and Bio-Products
Mon 9:10 AM - Plenary Session
Stephen Mayfield
San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology, UCSD
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Fuel, food, and biological products are all different forms of chemical energy, and all of these products are ultimately derived from photosynthesis, the process by which sunlight energy is converted to chemical energy. Eukaryotic algae offer tremendous potential for the large scale production of biofuels and bio-products as algae require only sunlight as an energy source and sequester CO2 during the production of biomass. We are developing the genetic tools to enable algae as a bio-fuels and bio-products platform. The challenges, potential, and some early successes of algae as a source of biofuels and bioproducts will be discussed.