Boosting Algae Biomass for Biofuels with Plant Substrate Utilization

Boosting Algae Biomass for Biofuels with Plant Substrate Utilization

Photo caption: LANL Photo showing Amanda Barry, the lead author of this study.

Amanda Barry, PI, LANL Staff Scientist
Jenna Schambach, LANL
Anna Finck, LANL


A Los Alamos National Lab project at the NMC Biolab looks at how algae uses raw plants substrate as a carbon energy source. This research has shown that a strain of microalgae, Auxenochlorella protothecoides, is able to directly degrade and use non-food plant substrates, such as switchgrass, for better cell growth and lipid production. This boosts this particular algae’s potential to be used as a biofuel and increases our understanding of how to make more efficient biofuels.

To read more about this research see this article: Feeding Plants to this Algae Could Fuel Your Car: https://www.lanl.gov/discover/news-release-archive/2018/July/0717-algae-feeding-plants.php