Presentation Type: Poster
Presenter: Makasa Covin
Classification / Major: Senior / Biological & Agricultural Systems Engineering
Institution: Florida A&M University
Internship Site: Florida A&M University
Preceptor: Dr. Adrienne Cooper and Dr. Clifford Louime
“Isolation & Screening of Microalgae for use in Bio-fuel Research”
Algae are a large diverse group of eukaryotic photosynthetic organisms. They use photosynthesis to transform carbon dioxide and sunlight into energy so efficiently that they can double their weight several times a day, producing oil and hydrocarbon (H2) in the process. The hydrocarbon is responsible for the direct production of renewable fuel molecules and the oil can be used as precursor molecules that can be processed for generation of bio-fuels. Algae oil can be burned directly in diesel engines or further refined into biodiesel. The focus of my research is to collect samples from diverse sites at multiple times of the year and to isolate as many strains as possible. Once these unicellular strains are isolated, they will be characterized by microscopic observations and PCR assays. The strains will eventually be screened for lipid production with the primary lipids of focus being diacylglycerides and triacylglycerides.