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Bicarbonate trigger for inducing lipid accumulation in algal systems

United States Patent

August 4, 2015
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The present invention provides bicarbonate containing and/or bicarbonate-producing compositions and methods to induce lipid accumulation in an algae growth system, wherein the algae growth system is under light-dark cycling condition. By adding said compositions at a specific growth stage, said methods lead to much higher lipid accumulation and/or significantly reduced total time required for accumulating lipid in the algae growth system.
Gardner; Robert (Bozeman, MT), Peyton; Brent (Bozeman, MT), Cooksey; Keith E. (Manhattan, MT)
Montana State University (Bozeman, MT)
13/ 825,934
September 26, 2011
GOVERNMENT RIGHTS STATEMENT This invention was made with government support under grant number DGE 0654336, awarded by National Science Foundation; grant number FA9550-09-1-0243, awarded by Air Force Office of Scientific Research; and grant number DE-FG36-08GO18161, awarded by US Department of Energy Office of Biomass Programs. The government has certain rights in the invention.