November 3, 2008

Engineered algae project funded

The National Science Foundation has awarded half a million dollars to a team lead by Wayne Curtis of Pennsylvania State University and Joseph Chappell of the University of Kentucky to genetically modify algae to produce biofuels.

The project, Development of a Sustainable Production Platform for Renewable Petroleum Based Oils in Algae, will tap the researchers' knowledge of the genetic mechanisms algae use to produce hydrocarbons. The researchers plan to genetically modify the organisms to boost hydrocarbon production and develop processes for converting the oils into transportation fuels.

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