Meet the Algae

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In this film, scientists at Cambridge University take a closer look at algae and examine its potential as a renewable source of energy. In the near future algae could be used as a sustainable, carbon neutral biofuel. Alison Smith, Professor of plant biochemistry, explains that algae make a large contribution to global carbon dioxide fixation and oxygen production. Her team is looking at the interactions between algae and their environment in order to understand how to grow these diverse organisms in sufficient quantities for biofuel production whilst avoiding contamination.

Dr Alistair McCormic describes his work on biological solar cells and Dr Matt Davey is interested in which genes are important in making lipids which can be used for biodiesel.

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