Missouri research labs get $35M in federal funds for work on algae oil

11/23/2009 | Biodiesel Magazine

The Energy Department has approved a $35 million research grant for Washington University's Photosynthetic Research Center in St. Louis and the Advanced Biofuels Systems at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center for their work on algae's oil-producing qualities. State officials said Missouri's water resources, flat terrain and access to fertilizer supplies make it a potential center for algae-fuel production. The state's coal mines, with their stable temperature and controlled lighting, could also be retrofitted to serve as algae incubators, said David Summers, a professor at Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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