Enhancing biofuel lipid feedstock accumulation in the microalgae Ostreococcus tauri
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.