The Good Gets Better

How an acclaimed federal algae consortium may become even more successful
By Luke Geiver | February 09, 2011

Although relatively young, the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts has already achieved a lot and proven that a long name can yield big results. In November, it released news that the program, formed to develop and evaluate new algal biofuels technology, had done its job and produced algae biodiesel through collaboration that brought catalyst providers to algae cultivators together. With 14 major universities, three national labs and several other private parties helping the NAABB to achieve its goals including Solix Biofuels, Targeted Growth Inc. and UOP, it’s safe to say the program was doing just fine even before a major participant, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, received a $70 million grant from the Danforth Foundation. The grant, which incoming President James Carrington says will “add critical expertise and new technologies,” will also help “accelerate the transition of basic discoveries into commercial applications.” Five new investigators will be added to the center because of the grant, and the bioinformatics and biocomputing capabilities of the facility will grow.

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