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Data on Biotechnology Described by Researchers at Indian Institute of Technology

February 19, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Biotech Week -- Investigators publish new report on Technology. According to news reporting from New Delhi, India, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Biogas produced from anaerobic digestion is a versatile and environment friendly fuel which traditionally utilizes cattle dung as the substrate. In the recent years, owing to its high content of biodegradable compounds, algal biomass has emerged as a potential feedstock for biogas production."

The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the Indian Institute of Technology, "Moreover, the ability of algae to treat wastewater and fix CO2 from waste gas streams makes it an environmental friendly and economically feasible feedstock. The present review focuses on the possibility of utilizing wastewater as the nutrient and waste gases as the CO2 source for algal biomass production and subsequent biogas generation. Studies describing the various harvesting methods of algal biomass as well as its anaerobic digestion have been compiled and discussed. Studies targeting the most recent advancements on biogas enrichment by algae have been discussed. Apart from highlighting the various advantages of utilizing algal biomass for biogas production, limitations of the process such as cell wall resistivity towards digestion and inhibitions caused due to ammonia toxicity and the possible strategies for overcoming the same have been reviewed."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The studies compiled in the present review indicate that if the challenges posed in translating the lab scale studies on phycoremediation and biogas production to pilot scale are overcome, algal biogas could become the sustainable and economically feasible source of renewable energy."

For more information on this research see: Phycoremediation coupled production of algal biomass, harvesting and anaerobic digestion: Possibilities and challenges. Biotechnology Advances, 2013;31(8):1408-1425. Biotechnology Advances can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Biotechnology Advances - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/525455)

Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting S.K. Prajapati, Indian Inst Technol, Center Rural Dev & Technol, Biogas Lab, New Delhi 110016, India. Additional authors for this research include P. Kaushik, A. Malik and V.K. Vijay (see also Technology).

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, India, New Delhi, Technology

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