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Algae Waxes

Postby guru » Thu Jan 29, 2009 12:09 pm

It looks like Algae producing High carbon chain Lipid rather than triglyceride could be used as a wax source.Can anybody suggest me some algae used for producing waxes?
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Re: Algae Waxes

Postby greengold09 » Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:23 pm

Hi guru,
Some algae under some condition produce High carbon chain Lipid which are waxes. I read that Euglena gracilis produces wax in aerobic environment. They say growing the algae heterotropically and then maintaining anaerobic condition will convert the polysaccharides into waxes.
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Re: Algae Waxes

Postby cacofonix » Sat Feb 14, 2009 10:00 pm

While it is theoretically possible to make products such as waxes from algae, I doubt if these are going to be cost effective against petro-based waxes for many many years to come
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