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Title: Microalgae bioprospecting at NREL

Prospecting for elusive fast-growing, oily microalgae is a soggy, muddy, rewarding job for NREL researcher Lee Elliott. Not only do algae grow in unlikely settings, but their ability to convert the light they receive into biomass has the potential to outperform that of land plants. Trees, grasses and shrubs typically are not very efficient in capturing and converting the sun's energy into biomass, but some algae are believed to be capable of much higher efficiencies, with some scientists thinking ideal strains may be able to approach the maximum theoretical photosynthetic efficiency under the right conditions.
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National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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59 BASIC BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; algae; Microalgae; bioprospect; NREL; DOE; biomass; renewable; energy; lab; department; of; Algae-based; Fuel; Promotion; Act