The red alga C. merolae grown in culture in the laboratory. Image: Sousuke Imamura
Acceleration of biofuel production with an enzyme from algae - biotechnology news

Scientists found that the enzyme GPAT1 is the rate-limiting factor in the accumulation of oils called triacylglycerols in red algae. This is of importance for the production of biofuel, as triacylglycerols can be converted to biodiesel. Red algae normally store triacylglycerols under adverse condition such as nitrogen deprivation, and use them as energy source. Overexpressing GPAT1 increases triacylglycerols by more than 50%, without compromising algae survival or growth, suggesting that upregulation of the enzyme may serve to increase the production of biofuel.

Read the full story: Tokyo Institute of Technology
Scientific publication: Scientific Reports