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Algae gene modification hots up in India too ! Posted by Aathmika on Sun February 06 2011 09:57:11 PM 2


Stephen Mayfield, director, San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology, University of California, said: “Countries with a well-trained technological force like India will have an enormous advantage, but only if investments along these lines are made now.”


Institute of Chemical Technology, Matunga, Mumbai, India is a well known reserch center in Mumbai, India. ICT in short. 

ICT’s enters into a  project in collaboration with International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), New Delhi.

The purpose of the project is to  genetically modify the best-suited algal strains to increase productivity. I guess both doubling time and lipid content, based on the strain.  The first phase, spanning two years will see an investment of Rs 5 crore from the Central government’s Department of Biotechnology. 
Once the best strains of algae are indentified, they will undergo genetic modification to change their photosynthetic machinery for efficient carbon dioxide assimilation and growth, followed by cost effective technologiesc for harvesting and conversion to suitable biofuels.