26 Juni 2013

A Slimy Marine Organism Fit for Biofuel and Salmon Feed

Norwegians focusing cellulose producing marine tunicates as ethanol feedstock

It sounds too good to be true: a common marine species that consumes microorganisms and can be converted into much-needed feed for salmon or a combustible biofuel for filling petrol tanks. And it can be cultivated in vast amounts: 200 kg per square metre of ocean surface area.

Tunicates (ciona intestinalis) is the name of this unexpected source of such rich potential. The species is the starting point for a research-based innovation project being carried out by researchers and innovation specialists in Bergen. The idea was hatched by a group of researchers at the University of Bergen and Uni Research.

… Full text: www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130625073813.htm?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sciencedaily+%28ScienceDaily%3A+Latest+Science+News%29

Tags: cellulose, omega-3, bioethanol, oceans, cultivation, sugars, biomass, protein

Source: ScienceDaily, 2ß13-06-26.

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