Algae production facility opens at ISU

6/29/2013 2:15 AM
By Associated Press

AMES, Iowa (AP) — The use of algae in research is rapidly increasing and Iowa State University has created a way to ramp up algae growth and harvesting to feed the need.

Scientists at universities and in private industry are exploring the potential for algae to be used as a fertilizer, a source of biofuel, and as a feed supplement for livestock, among many other applications

Iowa State's new algal production facility built inside a greenhouse on the BioCentury Research Farm in rural Boone went online in January.

The facility contains a simpler, more efficient way to cultivate algae designed by Martin Gross, a graduate assistant in agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Zhiyou Wen, an associate professor of food science and human nutrition.

The new facility produces about 10 pounds of algae a week.


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