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Potentially valuable hydrocarbon identified in the algae Botryococcus braunii for biofuels production [Registered]

Algae Botryococcus braunii believed to be the source of oil and coal deposits that has lived in the planet for over 500 million years was identified by researchers at University of Kentucky as a game changer in the biofuels industry. The research led by Professor Joe Chappell was published online on 12 July in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). The algae synthesises botryococcene, a hydrocarbon which can be readily converted into gasoline or jet fuel. However, B. Braunii is slow growing making the commercial production of biofuels non-viable. To address this problem, the scientists have isolated…

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