Dr Evan Stephens and the team at UQ's Institute for Molecular Bioscience, in collaboration with Germany's Bielefeld University and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, have identified fast-growing and hardy microscopic algae that could prove the key to cheaper and more efficient alternative fuel production. UQ Solar Biofuels Research Centre manager Dr Stephens said Australia could potentially become an oil exporter like the Middle East by devoting just one per cent of land to algae farms. “Previously the main focus has been looking for oil-rich algae, but usually these are tastier to predators – like microscopic scoops of ice cream,” Dr Stephens said.
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