Navigation Links
AgriLife scientists do groundwork for genetic mapping of algae biofuel species
Date:3/12/2010

ae create vegetable-type oils, the oil from B. braunii, known as botryococcenes, are similar to petroleum.

"The fuels derived from B. braunii hydrocarbons are chemically identical to gasoline, diesel and kerosene," Devarenne said. "Thus, we do not call them biodiesel or bio-gasoline; they are simply diesel and gasoline. To produce these fuels from B. braunii, the hydrocarbons are processed exactly the same as petroleum is processed and thus generates the exact same fuels. Remember, these B. braunii hydrocarbons are a main constituent of petroleum. So there is no difference other than the millions of years petroleum spent underground."

But, a shortcoming of B. braunii is its relatively slow growth rate. While the algae that produce 'vegetable-type' oils may double their growth every six to 12 hours, B. braunii's doubling rate is about four days, he said.

"Thus, getting large amounts of oil from B. braunii is more time consuming and thus more costly," Devarenne said. "So, by knowing the genome sequence we can possibly identify genes involved in cell division and manipulate them to reduce the doubling rate."

Despite these characteristics and economic potential of algae, only six species of algae have had their genomes fully sequenced and annotated, Devarenne said. And B. braunii is not one of the six.

Devarenne and his colleagues have done some of the groundwork in better understanding B. braunii and sequencing its genome.

They are working the Berkeley strain of the B race of B. braunii, so named because it was first isolated at the University of California at Berkeley. The team has determined the genome size and an estimate of the B race's guanine-cytosine content, both of which are essential to mapping the full genome, he said. There are also races A and L of B. braunii, but they were not looked at by the team.

Guanine-cytosine b
'/>"/>

Contact: Robert Burns
rd-burns@tamu.edu
903-312-3199
Texas A&M AgriLife Communications
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Texas AgriLife researchers helping
2. Unique winter-hardy hibiscus has roots with AgriLife Research scientist in Vernon
3. AgriLife Research breeder develops drought-tolerant corn
4. Berkeley scientists find new way to get physical in the fight against cancer
5. Way to go: MBL scientists identify driving forces in human cell division
6. A convincing mimic: Scientists report octopus imitating flounder in the Atlantic
7. Scientists locate apparent hydrothermal vents off Antarctica
8. MMS and NOAA scientists study prey of Gulf of Mexico sperm whales
9. Scientists find community involvement, not only enforcement, drives success of marine reserves
10. Scientists identify age-associated defects in schizophrenia
11. International team of scientists to meet in Panama to discuss future of the worlds forests
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:9/30/2014)... , Sept. 30, 2014  Spectra ... solutions for the biotech and power generation ... new RECONN Bioprocess Manager, an easy-to-use and ... geared towards bioprocess development laboratories. ... disparate bioreactor and analyzer systems. Accessing and ...
(Date:9/29/2014)... new study confirms that the exposure to tar tended ... of regular cigarettes. Similarly, exposure to nicotine tended ... popular type of cigarette in several countries around the ... certain toxic chemicals in the smoke of these cigarettes ... lower levels of chemicals in the smoke are not ...
(Date:9/29/2014)... CORVALLIS, Ore. Parents with children at home should ... from Oregon State University are recommending, after a new ... and asthma, asthma symptoms and chronic bronchitis. , "In ... the prevalence of asthma and wheezing is higher than ... ventilation," said Ellen Smit, an associate professor in the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Spectra Automation Introduces RECONN Bioprocess Manager 2Slim cigarette smokers not exposed to more harmful chemicals 2Childhood asthma linked to lack of ventilation for gas stoves, OSU study shows 2Childhood asthma linked to lack of ventilation for gas stoves, OSU study shows 3
... University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have identified women ... acetate, more commonly known as Depo-Provera or the birth control ... use DMPA will gain weight and will help physicians to ... 5 percent within the first six months of use, called ...
... research shows that training your brain may be just as ... injuries, and suggests a shift from performance-based to prevention-based athletic ... is one of the four major ligaments of the knee, ... well as an economic strain on the medical system. ...
... 2009 Scientists at Burnham Institute for Medical Research (Burnham) ... a major role in promoting programmed cell death (apoptosis), helps ... and invade surrounding tissues. The study was published in the ... team of scientists, led by Kristiina Vuori, M.D., Ph.D., professor ...
Cached Biology News:UTMB study identifies women at risk of gaining excessive weight with injectable birth control 2Knee injuries may start with strain on the brain, not the muscles 2Protein that promotes cancer cell growth identified 2
(Date:10/1/2014)... Industry leaders from retail ... around the theme, ,Commercial Opportunities in the Era of ... Elsevier , a world-leading provider of scientific, ... a gathering of some of the industry,s most prominent ... today and in the future. The Elsevier ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... NEW YORK , Sept. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... Review - 2014 Summary Global Markets ... Review - 2014, provides an overview of the ... focus. This report provides comprehensive information on ... Biotechnology, LLC,s, complete with comparative analysis at various ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... Proove Biosciences , the commercial and research leader in ... test built upon research from their published P.A.I.N. Study. ... physicians with an objective way to understand theirs patient’s ... individuals. With this new test, physicians will be able ... that will affect their pain tolerance. , The P.A.I.N. ...
(Date:9/30/2014)... September 30, 2014 Genedata, ... for drug discovery and related life science ... has chosen Genedata Selector as its host-pathogen ... data. FUNGITECT is a European consortium dedicated ... diseases via individualized anti-fungal drug therapies. Genedata ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Elsevier Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Economics Conference 2014 To Convene Industry Leaders to Discuss Top Healthcare Business Issues 2Elsevier Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Economics Conference 2014 To Convene Industry Leaders to Discuss Top Healthcare Business Issues 3Pacific Northwest Biotechnology, LLC - Product Pipeline Review - 2014 2Pacific Northwest Biotechnology, LLC - Product Pipeline Review - 2014 3Proove Biosciences is Now Offering the Proove Pain Perception Genetic Test to Help Physicians Assess Patient Pain Tolerance Levels 2Proove Biosciences is Now Offering the Proove Pain Perception Genetic Test to Help Physicians Assess Patient Pain Tolerance Levels 3FUNGITECT Consortium Adopts Genedata Selector as Data Analysis Platform for Anti-fungal R 2FUNGITECT Consortium Adopts Genedata Selector as Data Analysis Platform for Anti-fungal R 3
... 27, 2011 Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ... presentation to investors as part of the Morgan Stanley ... which is being held at the company,s headquarters in ...  David Hoffmeister, Life Technologies, Senior Vice President and Chief ...
... Thirty years after the first American baby from in ... replaced the limits of medical know-how as the chief reason ... Arizona,s largest fertility clinic. "Compared to the early ... greater," says Dr. Drew Moffitt, of Arizona Reproductive Medicine ...
... Fla., April 27, 2011 Dyadic International, Inc. ("Dyadic") ... the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzyme and ... industries, announced today that it has been issued U.S. ... by the United States Patent and Trademark Office ...
Cached Biology Technology:Life Technologies to Webcast Investor Presentation as Part of the Morgan Stanley West Coast Medtech and Life Science Tools Bus Trip 2Thirty Years After 1st American "Test-Tube Baby," Economy May Be Biggest Obstacle for Infertile Couples 2New U.S. Patent Issued to Dyadic International 2New U.S. Patent Issued to Dyadic International 3
... Pipette Tracker is an automated solution for ... and performance testing for all pipettes and ... from any balance Supports all ... 8655, DIN 12650, ISO 9000, NCCLS and ...
... Activins are polypeptide hormones which ... (TGF-) superfamily. The TGF- superfamily is ... factors which control many aspects of ... (1). Other members incude TGF-s, bone ...
... Activins are polypeptide hormones which belong ... superfamily. The TGF- superfamily is a ... which control many aspects of development, ... Other members incude TGF-s, bone morphogenetic ...
The new Silencer siRNA Starter Kit is perfect for researchers new to RNAi. It provides all of the reagents, protocols, and instructions necessary to get underway with siRNA transfection and ensure su...
Biology Products: