Algae Biomass Summit to feature algae research breakthroughs

By Algal Biomass Organization | July 30, 2012

The 6th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, taking place in Denver, Colo. September 24-27 will showcase more than 30 presentations in its Biology Track from researchers and scientists at leading companies, universities and national labs during the course of the three-day event. These sessions are designed for highly technical audiences and will do a “deep dive” into new research, breakthroughs and insights related to algae biology.

“We’ve attracted and recruited an incredible group of leaders whose work is key to unlocking the full potential of algae as a feedstock for fuel, food, feed and other co-products,” said Phil Pienkos, principal group manager of applied sciences for the National Bioenergy Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and chair of the Algae Biomass Summit. “Anyone interested in or involved in the technical aspects of algal biology will not want to miss the presentations.”

Highlights among the nearly three dozen presentations include:

  • - Jürgen Polle, Professor, Biology Department & Associate Director, Aquatic Research & Environmental Assessment Center, Brooklyn College of CUNY will present Isoprenoid Metabolism in the Diverse Lineages of Micoalgae.

  • - Martin Spalding, Professor, Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, Iowa State University will present Increased CO2 Fixation Biomass and Lipid in Transgenic Chlamydomonas without Nitrogen Starvation.

  • - George Oyler, Associate Professor, Biochemistry, University of Nebraska-Lincoln will present Chlamy Chloroplast ExpressionVHH Antibodies and Protein Delivery Domains and VHH Antibodies for Oral Therapeutics.

  • - Qiang Hu, Professor, CTI Applied Sciences & Math, Arizona State University will present Comparative Study of Predators in Mass Cultures of Chlorella, Scenedesmus and Nannochloropsis.

  • - Jian Xu, Group Leader, Functional Genomics/Director, BioEnergy Genome Center, QIBEBT will present Structure and Regulation of Triacylglycerol Synthesis Network in Wild Oleaginous Algae Nannochlorops oceanic.


The Biology Track is one of four tracks, plus plenary sessions and posters, which comprise the agenda for the Algae Biomass Summit. In total, there are expected to be more than 90 live and 120 poster presentations during the Summit. The 2011 Algae Biomass Summit was attended by more than 800 stakeholders from more than 25 countries across the algae industry. Organizers are expecting an even larger turnout for this year’s event.

The Summit comes at a time when industry is increasingly looking for new sources of sustainable raw materials—feedstock—for a wide range of end uses. Products made from algae are the natural solution to the energy, food, economic, and climate challenges facing the world today. Algae have the power to simultaneously put fuels in vehicles, recycle CO2, provide nutrition for animals and people and create jobs for millions of Americans. More information can be found at

The Algae Biomass Summit is produced by the Algae Biomass Organization, the trade association for the US algae Industry. More information about the Summit can be found at