Botryococcus braunii: A Renewable Source of Hydrocarbons and Other Chemicals

@article{Banerjee2002BotryococcusBA,
  title={Botryococcus braunii: A Renewable Source of Hydrocarbons and Other Chemicals},
  author={Anirban Banerjee and Rohit Sharma and Yusuf Chisti and Uttam Chand Banerjee},
  journal={Critical Reviews in Biotechnology},
  year={2002},
  volume={22},
  pages={245 - 279}
}
ABSTRACT:  Botryococcus braunii, a green colonial microalga, is an unusually rich renewable source of hydrocarbons and other chemicals. Hydrocarbons can constitute up to 75% of the dry mass of B. braunii. This review details the various facets of biotechnology of B. braunii, including its microbiology and physiology; production of hydrocarbons and other compounds by the alga; methods of culture; downstream recovery and processing of algal hydrocarbons; and cloning of the algal genes into other… 
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