Algae and agave, partners in the plight for clean fuel

18 February, 2011 by (comments)

Two new novel forms of producing biofuel may prove helpful on the road to reducing carbon emissions and adapting to climate change.

Scientists at the Rochester Institute of Technology have produced biodiesel out of algae grown in wastewater. Algae reduce the bacteria and toxins in the water therefore have a two-fold benefit: the cheap, fast production of renewable energy out of non-consumable biomass and the cleaning of wastewater.

Meanwhile in Mexico, scientists are discovering the merits of making bioenergy out of agave, a hardy plant that thrives under the hot, dry conditions symptomatic of climate change.

In related news, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is encouraging farmers to integrate food and energy cropping systems as a way of increasing food production under the stressful conditions of climate change.

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