A system is described herein that comprises one or more modular environmental photobioreactor arrays, each array containing two or more photobioreactors, wherein the system is adapted to monitor each of the photobioreactors and/or modulate the conditions with each of the photobioreactors. The photobioreactors are also adapted for measurement of multiple physiological parameters of a biomass contained therein. Various methods for selecting and characterizing biomass are also provided. In one embodiment, the biomass is algae.
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 This invention was made with support of the United States Government under a National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bio-Products (NAABB) Department of Energy (DOE) Grant No. DE-EE0003046. The Government has certain rights in this invention.