A Pilot Study on Growth Rates of Asterionellopsis glacialis, Thalassiosira sp., and Chaetoceros sp. for Potential Biofuel Production
The discovery that fossil fuels are not a sustainable fuel source has led to a search for alternatives. Many marine biologists hypothesize that the answer may lie in algae, more specifically in microalgae. The purpose of this pilot study is to provide baseline data for future research for biofuel production. Using cultures exposed to different temperatures and media containing different levels of nutrients, I found that Asterionellopsis glacialis was the best candidate among the algae tested from the Pacific Northwest to pursue for potential biofuel production in warmer climates. This was based on its tolerance to different nutrient levels and temperatures.