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Increased Lipid Accumulation and Carbohydrate Synthesis in Strains of Microalgae

Colorado School of Mines

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Technology Marketing SummaryIn this invention we report methods by which various strains of microalgae are manipulated.DescriptionIn this invention we report methods by which various strains of microalgae are manipulated.  From these manipulations, the microalgae can be made to: 1) overproduce two principal building blocks fro biofuels feedstocks, starch and TAG; 2) overaccumulate lipids or 3) accumulate significantly higher levels of both lipids and starch, while the cells are dividing.  The methods do lead attenuated rates of photosynthesis and acetate uptake, the overall effect is a dramatic carbon production accumulation.Benefits
  • Ability to increase starch production in specific algae strain by tenfold
  • Significant increases in other carbon phenotypes
  • Manipulation are simple to perform
Applications and Industries
  • Biofuels production
  • Increased us of algae as food stocks
More InformationProvisional Patent in processTechnology Status
Development StageAvailabilityPublishedLast Updated
DevelopmentAvailable - We are seeking an exclusive or non-exclusive licensee for marketing, manufacturing, and sale of this technology.06/14/201106/14/2011

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To: William Vaughan<wvaughan@mines.edu>