Microalgae: renewable biofuel source with no need for fresh water. Just give them our wastewater.

argylesock says… I so hope that microalgal cultivation will become a routine part of our world. This is a topic I’ve blogged about under my ‘algae’ tag. The technology isn’t cost-effective yet, but perhaps it will be.

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Last week, I presented illustrations for yeast and a microalgal species of Chlamydomonas. Today I will expound on part of this. Ongoing research is working to identify ways to circumvent the need for fresh water, a precious commodity, and costly fertilizer to cultivate microalgae for biofuel production. These microorganisms are a rich source of oils that can be integrated into our national fuel infrastructure. However, growing the amount of microalgae necessary to decrease our need for petroleum based fuel relies on a precious and ever deminishing resource, fresh water. Also needed are nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorous, usually in the form of fertilizer.

Microalgae are adaptable to environmental changes. Recent research shows several microalgal species that can be cultivated with no need for freshwater. Instead, these species, Chlamydomonas globosaChlorella minutissima and Scenedesmus bijuga, are grown in something we have plenty of; wastewater.

These microalgae are…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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4 Responses to Microalgae: renewable biofuel source with no need for fresh water. Just give them our wastewater.

  1. Matt Russell says:

    Thanks for the reblog! I appreciate the support!

  2. Matt Russell says:

    Sorry for the multiple replies, but I have updated the post with more information about microalgae. Hope you can take a look.

    • argylesock says:

      Multiple replies welcome! I don’t know whether or not your updates come through automatically in my reblogged copy of your post. Will go and check your blog.

  3. EqFe says:

    Fascinating.

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