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A New Photo-Bioreactor For The Large-Scale Axenic Culture Of Coral Symbiotic

Funding: 2016: $135,000
2017: $125,000
2018: $112,000

Project Member(s): Suggett, D., Ralph, P.

Funding or Partner Organisation: GE Healthcare Australia Pty Ltd
Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Projects)

Start year: 2016

Summary: This project aims to deliver a scalable photo-bioreactor for the large scale axenic culture of microalgae to close the technology gap for research and development in the Australian algae biotechnology sector. Algae biotechnology is a rapidly emerging area, particularly in biofuel production. GE Healthcare (GEHC) does not have in-house algal photobiology expertise and has partnered with UTS to realise its ambition to lead this market. The GEHC photo-bioreactor will be demonstrated for its applicability to produce sufficient algae biomass to study a low abundance photosynthetic protein complex to advance knowledge of coral bleaching. This research will contribute to the national innovation system by growing algae biotechnology in Australia.

FOR Codes: Environmental Marine Biotechnology, Plant Physiology, Industrial Instruments, Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences