Issue Date: February 7, 2011
… As Thai-Israeli Team Targets Algae
Thailand’s PTT Chemical and Israel’s Ben-Gurion University of the Negev are joining to develop green algae strains. The pair intend to use mutant strains of Parietochloris incisa algae developed by BGU to produce dihomo-γ-linolenic acid, a precursor in the manufacture of prostaglandin E1, an anti-inflammatory agent. In the future, the partners aim to develop biofuels from green algae. Last month, PTT announced a $60 million investment in Myriant Technologies, a U.S. company that is building the world’s largest biobased succinic acid facility (C&EN, Jan. 31, page 28).
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