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      An Outlook on Microalgal Biofuels

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          Abstract

          Microalgae are considered one of the most promising feedstocks for biofuels. The productivity of these photosynthetic microorganisms in converting carbon dioxide into carbon-rich lipids, only a step or two away from biodiesel, greatly exceeds that of agricultural oleaginous crops, without competing for arable land. Worldwide, research and demonstration programs are being carried out to develop the technology needed to expand algal lipid production from a craft to a major industrial process. Although microalgae are not yet produced at large scale for bulk applications, recent advances-particularly in the methods of systems biology, genetic engineering, and biorefining-present opportunities to develop this process in a sustainable and economical way within the next 10 to 15 years.

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          Journal
          Science
          Science
          American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
          0036-8075
          1095-9203
          August 12 2010
          August 13 2010
          August 12 2010
          August 13 2010
          : 329
          : 5993
          : 796-799
          Article
          10.1126/science.1189003
          20705853
          5b55f3fe-372c-453c-802f-1a4011808b7f
          © 2010
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