Science On Tap: Engineering Microalgae For Biofuel Production

LACD News:

The Los Alamos Creative District will present the next installment of its On Tap series at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19 at UnQuarked – The Wine Room, 145 Central.

The Bradbury Science Museum hosts this week’s brief presentation and interactive discussion will follow.

Concerns about high-energy prices, finite fossil fuel reserves, rising atmospheric CO2 levels, and energy security have put focus on microalgae as a renewable domestic fuel source. The optimization of microalgae for biomass and lipid production in a biofuel production pond environment would be highly desirable. In this talk, Amanda Barry, Ph.D., manager of the photobioreactor matrix a Los Alamos National Laboratory,, will focus on the development of strain-specific molecular toolboxes in order to engineer algae for optimized biofuel production.

The Los Alamos Creative District brings On Tap to downtown Los Alamos every first and third Thursday of the month. First Thursdays feature rotating themes of history, nature and art hosted by the Los Alamos Historical Society, Pajarito Environmental Education Center, or Fuller Lodge Art Center respectively. Science On Tap by the Bradbury Science Museum is every third Thursday of the month.

The Los Alamos Creative District, designated by the State in 2009, is part of a statewide network of cultural districts organized through the New Mexico Arts and Cultural District Program. The mission of the Creative District is to advance the community’s unique creative identity and generate increased economic prosperity by curating and providing local cultural programming that connects a broad range of stakeholders.

 

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