Study: Algae farms need to cut fertilizer, water use to be viable

02/23/2010 | TriplePundit.com

Researchers at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville found that algae farms need to reduce their fertilizer and freshwater inputs to be able to compete favorably, in terms of energy cost and environmental effect, with corn, canola and switchgrass in biofuel production. Mary Rosenthal, the executive director of the Algae Biomass Association, said the study used "decades-old data and errant assumptions of current production and refining technologies."

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