Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry & Physics

Abstract

Microalgae produce a diverse array of biomolecules and have attracted attention as alternative sources for biofuel feedstocks. Unlike other forms of alternative energy resources, algae do not require arable land nor fresh water for production. To be a viable alternative energy source, the amount and types of lipid accumulation in microalgae needs to be characterized and optimized. Changes in lipid production and cell biomass were monitored in the microalgae Ostreococcus tauri under differing nutrient conditions.

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