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Disruption of cell walls for enhanced lipid recovery

United States Patent

March 24, 2015
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Degradation of Algal Cell Walls by Enzymes and Dyes
Presented herein are methods of using cell wall degrading enzymes for recovery of internal lipid bodies from biomass sources such as algae. Also provided are algal cells that express at least one exogenous gene encoding a cell wall degrading enzyme and methods for recovering lipids from the cells.
Knoshaug; Eric P. (Golden, CO), Donohoe; Bryon S. (Golden, CO), Gerken; Henri (Queen City, AZ), Laurens; Lieve (Denver, CO), Van Wychen; Stefanie Rose (Boulder, CO)
Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC (Golden, CO)
13/ 731,578
December 31, 2012
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN The United States Government has rights in this invention under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 between the United States Department of Energy and Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, the Manager and Operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.