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Biological Sciences

Research project: Improving solar conversion efficiency in marine microalgae

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This is a biotechnology project that aims to improve marine algae for biofuels and other industrial applications

Biofuels derived from marine algae are a potential source of sustainable energy that can contribute to future global demands. The realisation of this potential will require manipulation of the fundamental biology of algal physiology to increase the efficiency with which solar energy is ultimately converted into usable biomass. This 'photosynthetic solar energy conversion efficiency' sets an upper limit on the potential of algal-derived biofuels. In this project, we use photosynthetic molecular targets to increase the efficiency and yield of algal biofuel production. We also use modern 'omic' and high-throughput technologies to enable identification, selection and improvement of algal cell lines on timescales relevant for achieving significant contributions to future energy solutions.

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Institute of Life Sciences

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Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
Environmental Biosciences

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