Nature-Inspired Cell Disruption with Algal Viruses for Cost-Effective Lipid Extraction from Microalgae

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Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new method for using algae in biofuel production. Other technologies such as sonication are often inefficient and costly, and many currently available algae-based processes involve complex lipid-extraction. The method created by Purdue researchers involves a controlled virus-based extraction process where algae can be disrupted in just six days and used to gather lipids from biomass. In testing, lipid yield was found to be 3-fold higher than that of traditional techniques. In addition, this all-natural cost-effective approach to biofuel synthesis shows no signs of lipid disturbance, and allows for easier collection of lipids.


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May 15, 2020
Utility Patent
United States

May 16, 2019
United States
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