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Biodiesel from Algae
You may be wondering exactly how this slimy green stuff can be turned into a fuel for cars and airplanes, and even for the heaters that warm our homes and schools. Let's find out more about what makes biodiesel from algae so exciting.
The main branches/lines of algae are:
* Chromista - this line includes the brown algae, golden brown algae, and diatoms.
* The Red Line – this is an early branch of marine algae containing just
Chlorophyll A. Red algae can often be seen coating wave washed rocks. A characteristic of red algae is that their plastids contain only one type of chlorophyll -- chlorophyll a. This is different from green algae and plants which have both chlorophyll a and b.
* Dinoflagellates – these evolved on a separate line that includes, surprisingly,the ciliated protists. (see: Introduction to the Dinoflagellata from UMCP, Berkeley,Dinoflagellate Information – from MBARI, Dinoflagellate – from Wikipedia)
* The Euglenids – this independent line of single celled organisms that include both photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic species (see: Euglenid – from Wikipedia)
* The Green Line, is related to plants. Plants and green algae have chlophylls A and B. ( see also: Introduction to Green Algae)
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Amazing facts about this slimy green stuff =)
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