Researchers from Kobe University (Japan) recently found out that the presence of salt in the incubation medium significantly increased the biofuel level in the algal species Chlamydomonas sp. JSC4. According to the published report, the addition of salt water decreased the starch production, while (simultaneously) increasing the lipid production in the aforementioned algal species. The Japanese research group that undertook this environmentally significant study has been successful in determining the exact mechanism at the genetic level. It is a known fact that planet earth has a limited amount of nonrenewable energy resources. This study, therefore, will help biofuel researchers significantly in increasing the efficacy of algae-based biofuel production.
The aforementioned study has been published in Scientific Reports and it can be accessed from here.