Establishment of innovative technology to create new microalgal strains increasing biofuel production by polyploidization and heavy-ion beam irradiation

Research Project Outline

To make the biofuel production using microalgae practicable, it is necessary to breed their strains which can be mass-produced just like grains and horticultural crops. However, there was no conception of breeding in the microalgae so far, or their genomes have not been decoded in most of species. In the present study, the microalgae irradiated with the heavy-ion beams, which have the successful results by the selective breeding of horticultural crops, will be selected and bred based on the quantitative data concerning their forms. We aim for the establishment of the breeding scheme, which is innovative, advanced and specialized in microscopic algae, based on complete genome information.

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Professor, The University of Tokyo
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Creation of Basic Technology for Improved Bioenergy Production through Functional Analysis and Regulation of Algae and Other Aquatic Microorganisms
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