Talk:CH391L/S13/Algal Biofuels

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  • Kevin Baldridge 16:49, 18 March 2013 (EDT):What are you referring to with "photosynthetic efficiency"? You say sugarcane is the best, but algae actually have more energy per mass. So what is the final product which you are comparing, simple sugars which can be converted to alcoholic biofuels?
    • Gabriel Wu 17:12, 18 March 2013 (EDT): Agreed. You're comparing sugar content in corn and sugarcane to lipid production in algae, but you compare them directly. This could use some further clarification.
  • Catherine I. Mortensen 16:57, 18 March 2013 (EDT): Is it possible to somehow use chlorella that already exists in the ocean to produce fuel?
  • Gabriel Wu 17:17, 18 March 2013 (EDT): Can you cover a little more of the molecular biology? How are algae actually genetically engineered to improve lipid content? Which pathways are targeted and is there heterologous expression of genes to optimize these pathways?
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