23 Nov '11, 2pm

Scientists Genetically Increase Algae Biomass by More Than 50 Percent

The breakthrough comes from expressing certain genes in algae that increase the amount of photosynthesis in the plant, which leads to more biomass. Expressing genes means that the gene's function is turned on. "The key to this (increase in biomass) is combination of two genes that increases the photosynthetic carbon conversion into organic matter by 50 percent over the wild type under carbon dioxide enrichment conditions," said Martin Spalding, professor in the Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology and associate dean for research and graduate studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Carbon enrichment conditions are those in which the algae has enough carbon dioxide. This patent-pending technology is available for licensing from the Iowa State University Research Foundation, which also provided technology development funds. This opens up possibil...

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