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Researchers identify suitable algae specie for biodiesel production [Registered]

Researchers at Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) have assembled the draft genome of a marine algae sequence to aid scientists across the US in a project that aims to discover the best algae species for producing biodiesel fuel. The results are published in Nature Communications.. Unlike crops like corn or soyabeans, algae can use various water sources ranging from wastewater to brackish water and be grown in small, intensive plots on denuded land. While algae may still produce some CO2when burned, it can sequester CO2 during growth in a way that fossil-fuel based energy sources cannot. Scientists in VBI’s Data Analysis…

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