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RELEVANCE

Global fossil fuels supplies dwindling


SUSTAINABILITY

Fast-growing, easily utilised marine algae which fix carbon dioxide


BIOTECHNOLOGY

Oil production from cultivated micro-organisms


BIOFUEL

Energy readily convertible from marine plants

Using microbes to generate methane

Our postdoc Arlene Rowan is using microbes to generate methane

Dr Arlene Rowan is searching for the presence of methanogenic microbes and investigating their potential to produce methane from anaerobic breakdown of Arlene Rowanseaweed.

Wastes rich in organic matter, including sheep and cow gut contents and faeces, and sewage treatment waste, are among the various sources of inoculum being tested. Wild, beach harvested seaweeds and cultured seaweed will then be investigated for their potential to generate methane and their suitability as a source of biofuel.

 

 

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