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Algae Biomass Summit Brings Top Tier Talent in Algae Biology Research

Top Scientists From Around the World to Present Latest Breakthroughs

ORLANDO, FL -- (Marketwired) -- 07/30/13 -- The 7th Annual Algae Biomass Summit, taking place in Orlando, Florida, September 30-October 3 will showcase its Algal Biology and Research track with almost 30 presentations by leading research scientists and experts from universities, companies and several national laboratories. The sessions will inform technical audiences about the latest algae strains, innovative feed stocks and cultivation methods that are making possible the wide-scale commercial production of algae-based products.

"The breath of expertise demonstrated by this year's Summit biology track speakers is truly outstanding," said Dr. Al Darzins, R&D Director - Infrastructure Sector at the Gas Technology Institute and chair of the Summit's Biology Track. "The breakout session topics are designed to engage Summit attendees in serious discussions regarding how biologists, working closely together with engineers, can help bring cost-effective algal-based products to the commercial marketplace."

Highlights among the Biology and Research presentations include:

  • Cultivation Ecology
    Robert McBride, Sapphire Energy Inc.
    Open Algae Pond Ecology

  • Photosynthesis and CO2 Fixation
    Shaun Bailey, Director, Photosynthesis Research, Synthetic Genomics International
    Global Transcriptional Regulators of the Photo-Acclimation Response to Irradiance

  • Algal Strain Development
    Matthew Saunders, Group Leader, Evolutionary Engineering, Sapphire Energy Inc.
    Microalgae Strain-Improvement by Evolutionary Engineering for Superior Biofuels Production

  • Physiological Response to Cultivation Conditions
    Halil Berberoglu, University of Texas at Austin
    Physico-chemical Surface Properties of Algae and Cell-Surface Interactions

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 110 live presentations during the Summit. The 2012 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 alternative fuels, feed stocks, and consumer products. Products made from algae are the natural solution to the energy, food, economic, and climate challenges facing the world today. This tiny powerful organism has the ability to simultaneously put fuels in vehicles, reuse CO2, provide nutrition for animals and people and create jobs for millions of Americans. More information can be found at www.allaboutalgae.com.

The Algae Biomass Summit is produced by the Algae Biomass Organization (ABO), the trade association for the US algae Industry. More information about the Summit, including early bird registration rates that expire August 19th, can be found at www.algaebiomasssummit.org.

About the Algae Biomass Organization
The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is a 501 c(6) non-profit whose mission is to promote the development of viable commercial markets for renewable and sustainable commodities derived from algae. Its membership is comprised of people, companies and organizations across the value chain. More information about ABO, including its leadership, membership, costs, benefits and members and their affiliations, is available at the website: www.algaebiomass.org.

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