SCREENING, DOWN-SELECTION, CHARACTERIZATION, AND GENETIC TOOL DEVELOPMENT IN HIGH-PRODUCTIVITY MICROALGAE
Microalgae are a promising source of renewable biomass, and biocatalysts which can be utilized for the renewable production of fuel and chemical intermediates. During the time the work of this thesis was pursued microalgal productivity was recognized as a limiting factor to achieve competitive pricing with fossil fuel alternatives. To address this, a microalgal culture collection was screened, down-selecting for promising strains showing robust growth under relevant outdoor conditions. After isolating several promising strains, they were further characterized, ultimately leading to the ...
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