Researchers find algae strain that tolerates, uses nitric oxide

March 21, 2012 |

In Delaware, researchers at the University of Delaware are studying a tiny micro-algae as a potential feedstock for biofuel. The Heterosigma akashiwo can potentially neutralize nitric oxide often found smokestack emissions, feeding on the carbon dioxide and then can later be processed into biofuel. Typically, nitric oxide kills algae, but not this one, while its ability to absorb the nitrous oxide eliminates the need to add nitrogen to the biofuel production process, in turn saving more money.

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