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Peter J. Lammers, New Mexico State University
Michael Huesemann, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Wiebke Boeing, New Mexico State University
Daniel B. Anderson, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Robert G. Arnold, University of Arizona
Xuemei Bai, Cellana, Inc.
Manish Bhole, Reliance Industries Limited
Yalini Brhanavan, New Mexico State University
Louis Brown, Texas A & M University
Jola Brown, Texas A & M University
Judith K. Brown, University of Arizona
Stephen Chisholm, Colorado State University
C. Meghan Downes, New Mexico State University
Scott Fulbright, Colorado State University
Yufeng Ge, Texas A & M University
Jonathan E. Holladay, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Balachandran Ketheesan, New Mexico State University
Avinash Khopkar, Reliance Industries Limited
Ambica Koushik, New Mexico State University
Paul Laur, Eldorado Biofuels, LLC
Babetta L. Marrone, Los Alamos National Laboratory
John B. Mott, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Nagamany Nirmalakhandan, New Mexico State University
Kimberly L. Ogden, University of Arizona
Ronald L. Parsons, Solix Biosystems, Inc.
Juergen Polle, CUNY Brooklyn CollegeFollow
Randy D. Ryan, University of Arizona
Tzachi Samocha, Texas A & M University
Richard T. Sayre, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Mark Seger, New Mexico State University
Thinesh Selvaratnam, New Mexico State University
Ruixiu Sui, Texas A & M University
Alex Thomasson, Texas A & M University
Adrian Unc, New Mexico State University
Wayne Van Vorrhies, New Mexico State University
Peter Waller, University of Arizona
Yao Yao, Texas A & M University
José A. Olivares, Los Alamos National Laboratory

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The cultivation efforts within the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts (NAABB)were developed to provide four major goals for the consortium, which included biomass production for downstream experimentation, development of new assessment tools for cultivation, development of new cultivation reactor technologies, and development of methods for robust cultivation. The NAABB consortium test beds produced over 1500 kg of biomass for downstream processing. The biomass production included a number of model production strains, but also took into production some of the more promising strains found through the prospecting efforts of the consortium. Cultivation efforts at large scale are intensive and costly, therefore the consortium developed tools and models to assess the productivity of strains under various environmental conditions, at lab scale, and validated these against scaled outdoor production systems. Two new pond-based bioreactor designs were tested for their ability to minimize energy consumption while maintaining, and even exceeding, the productivity of algae cultivation compared to traditional systems. Also, molecular markers were developed for quality control and to facilitate detection of bacterial communities associated with cultivated algal species, including the Chlorella spp. pathogen, Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus,which was identified in at least two test site locations in Arizona and New Mexico. Finally, the consortium worked on understanding methods to utilize compromised municipal waste water streams for cultivation. This review provides an overview of the cultivation methods and tools developed by the NAABB consortium to produce algae biomass, in robust low energy systems, for biofuel production.


This article was originally published in Algal Research, available at DOI:10.1016/j.algal.2016.11.021.

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