Tree-like structure allows for more efficient algae production

04/4/2013 | ScientificAmerican.com

The grand plant structure of trees is behind a new attempt to produce tiny algae for fuel production. Halil Berberoglu and Thomas Murphy, researchers in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin, are designing synthetic "tree" structures using biofilm that mimics how trees move sap and convey nutrients. Compared with traditional methods for growing algae, this one permits more precise control over inputs and growing conditions.

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