VG Energy, an agricultural biotech company and wholly owned subsidiary of According to a release, the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Bioenergy Initiatives Program awarded the
The grant will support collaborative efforts to optimize non- lytic secretion of oils by using small molecule metabolic disrupting agents that are part of the VG Energy protected patents. Additionally this research will aim towards identifying the molecular targets of the small molecules and the optimum conditions for lipid secretion. The species used in these studies will reflect strains used in production today. The funds will be dispersed over two years.
Extraction of oils from oil-producing cells has been a major problem for biofuel and nutraceutical producers. The results of this research may allow algae producers to reduce extraction costs, which account for between 50-67 percent of their net production costs. If viable, the technology would be applied on algae, yeast, and other plant cells utilized in the nutraceutical and biofuel markets.
In related news, VG Energy is halfway through field trials in
"This marks the second major grant our Chief Scientists have received in the past month and shows the confidence in our research and patented technologies." says
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VG Energy, an agricultural biotech company and wholly owned subsidiary of
According to a release, the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Bioenergy Initiatives Program awarded the