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Genetic Engineering and Algae 2

Dr Stephen Mayfield  of Skaggs and Skripps Institute of Research and  the scientific advisor for Sapphire has presented a case for the need for  genetic engineering of algae.   Cost, scalability and sustainability has selected algae as a suitable platform for biofuel.He estimates cost of production between $3-$60 per gallon. He sites reason for the engineering production of cellulose degrading  enzymes in algaeOn the whole a detailed analysis of algae biofuel is seen  
Thu September 23 2010 08:32:03 AM by Aathmika Algae biofuel  |  Algae Tec 1333 views

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  • Arden wrote:
    Thu September 23 2010 09:17:29 AM

    Thanks Aathmika !
    Production of cellulase at agricultural cost and scale is the
    only way to achieve economic production at the levelsrequired


    CapEx of fermentation, as we know it now, will preclude its
    use at this scale and cost


    Algae can be grown at agricultural scale at cost
    approaching agricultural commodities


    Algae can be engineered to produce recombinant cellulases


    The by products of algal production can be used for
    biodiesel and/or animal feed

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  • Arden wrote:
    Thu September 23 2010 12:25:28 PM

    " Need an accelerated time frame for
    domestication of algae
    Corn Domesticated 4000 B.C.
    Steel plow, large scale agriculture 1837
    Corn varieties 1863
    Green Revolution 1944
    Genetically modified corn 2000
    Need the same for algae only quicker "

    well said.

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