Metabolic carbon partitioning and nitrogen utilization in photosynthetic microorganisms
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Photosynthetic microorganisms (PSMs) are promising candidates for biofuels because they do not directly compete with the food supply. However, significant improvements are still required to achieve economic feasibility. The high cost of PSM based biofuel production comes from deficiencies in biomass yields, cell recovery, fuel conversion and nutrient inputs. An algal biofuel production and processing pipeline advocated by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory proposes to overcome many of the difficulties associated with the conversion of biomass to fuels. In this approach, acid catalyzed ...