Research Priorities

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LARB carries out fundamental and applied microalgal research, especially in the utilization of microalgae for renewable energy production, environmental bioremediation, and for human nutraceuticals and pharmaceuticals.

The main research priorities of LARB include:

Algae-based biofuel production

Algae can synthesize and accumulate large quantities of lipids and oils in their cells that can be extracted and converted into renewable fuels such as biodiesel, aviation fuel, or other transportation fuels. Read more...

Industrial photobioreactor system design

A number of photobioreactor systems have been designed and tested. Read more...

Algae-based bioremediation of air emissions and wastewaters

Algae can effectively remove contaminants from the environment, including carbon dioxide from power plant flue gas emission into the atmosphere; and nitrogen and phosphorus from contaminated ground, waste and surface waters. Read more...

Detection of toxic algae and toxins in water supplies

Algae are capable of producing toxins that can kill fish and affect human health. Routine surveys of local lakes and canals are performed to check for the presence of potential toxic algae. Read more...

Algae-caused taste and odor problems in drinking water supplies

Algae produce volatile organic compounds that depart odors and tastes to water. While not harmful to human health, they make the water unpleasant to drink and significantly increase the cost of water treatment. Read more...

Algae as cell factories

Mass production of algae in photobioreactors can produce large quantities of high-value products for human and animal consumption. Read more...

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