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UK report could pave the way for producing sustainable biofuels

With the increasing appetite for 'green' energy technologies there are massive opportunities ahead for the UK in producing algal biofuels and other algae products.

But there are relatively few UK companies with the expertise and capacity to cultivate algae for commercial uses, and little is known about the environmental impacts of producing algae products.

A new 'strategy research agenda' report from the Algal Bioenergy Special Interest Group (AB-SIG) highlights the benefits of cultivating and using both macroalgae (seaweed) and microalgae (microscopic floating plants such as phytoplankton) in a wide range of products. It also identifies some of the research that should be done to understand and manage the potential impacts on the Earth's environmental ecosystems.

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