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The Past and Future (?) of Human Use of Algae

Dr. James Dawson
Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas

Wednesday, January 5, 2010 - 11:00 am
Ben Bandy Conference Center
UK Center for Applied Energy Research

Algal systematics is in flux, moving from the thallophyta of the late 1950's to one of 5 or more 'supergroups" (such as the Excavata) currently indicated by molecular data. We will examine, quickly, the current state of algal systematics. Algae have been used for food, medicine and more recently oils, pigments, and a variety of other products. All of these are important, but very recently we have started to look to the algae for the productions of lipids and, sequestration of carbon dioxide. In order to use algae to its fullest potential we will need to understand their growth requirements and patterns more fully than ever before. This seminar will explore these major areas with some potential directions for the future use of algae with insight gained from culturing algae for many decades.