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NMSU Research Rally to celebrate award of $5 million for algae research project

NMSU Research Rally to celebrate award of $5 million for algae research project
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 5:38pm

New Mexico State University will honor Peter Lammers, of the Energy Research Laboratory. Lammers and the NMSU Algal Bioenergy Program team have recently received a grant of $5 million from the Department of Energy for a two-and-a-half year research project, "Realization of Algae Potential."

Lammers will lead a team of partners in this research effort, including researchers at the Los Alamos, Argonne and Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Washington State University, Michigan State University, and four companies: Phycal, Algenol Biofuels, Pan Pacific Technologies, and UOP-Honeywell. The project involves researchers from New Mexico State's departments of Chemical (Shuguang Deng) and Civil (Nagamany Nirmalakhandan) Engineering, Fishery and Wildlife Sciences (Wiebke Boeing), Plant and Environmental Sciences (Omar Holguin), the Molecular Biology Program (Wayne VanVoorhies) and the Bio-Security and Food Safety Laboratory (Tanner Schaub).

After introductory remarks by NMSU President Garrey Carruthers and Vice President Vimal Chaitanya, Lammers will present an overview of the planned research and its major goals: improvement of yields of algal biomass and the stability of cultivation systems, while improving oil content at harvest. At 9 a.m., Lammers will be available to answer questions. Light refreshments will be served after the presentation.

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