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Presentation Title: Cultivation and Characterization of Novel Extremophilic Algae for Biofuel Production Discipline: Science School: Little Big Horn College - MSU-Bozeman Presentation Type: Poster Presentation Abstract: Cultivation and Characterization of Novel Extremophilic Algae for Biofuel Production Athalia Rose Morrsion , Little Big Horn College - MSU-Bozeman

The use of microalgae for the production of biofuels is in the spotlight due to a reputation for high photosynthetic efficiency, rapid growth rates, high oil productivity and potential for growth in saline or brackish waters in landscapes not suited for crop production. Research and engineering efforts are now focused on overcoming a variety of hurdles to reduce production costs to attain economic viability. Extremophilic algae have unique attributes that can potentially be used to overcome some of the problems associated with biofuel production. The objectives of this research were to characterize three novel alkaliphilic algal strains that have been isolated from Yellowstone National Park. Of the three strains examined, PGV-8 showed the most promise for scaled-up biofuel production based on growth rate and oil production as measured by Nile Red fluorescent staining.

Presenter: Athalia Rose Morrsion Tribe: Crow Primary Email: arrockabove@yahoo.com

Biography My name is Athalia Rose Morrison and my parents are Harry and Maggie Rock Above. I graduated from Plenty Coups High School from Pryor, Montana. I come from a prominent lineage such as Chief Pretty Eagle and Chief Plenty Coup and Pretty Shield. I am a Ties In The Bundle Clan and Child of the Big Lodge System. I have two other siblings that are educated as well. I am happily married with five wonderful children. I lived in Pryor my whole life until I got married and moved on. I will be getting my Associates in Natural Resources/Environment Science by the end of this spring. In the future I will be pursuing my education in Missoula in Natural Resource Management.

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2011 National Conference Student Research Abstracts  
2011 National Conference Student Research Abstracts  

A comprehensive list of the student research topics that will be presented at the AISES 2011 National Conference

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