150 research papers and over 40 posters presented
205 participants shared their expertise
CHENNAI: An International Conference on Algal Biomass, Resources and Utilisation (ICABRU- 2009) was organised in the city recently by the Krishnamurthy Institute of Algology and the Department of Plant Biology and Plant Biotechnology of Stella Maris College.
Foreign participation

The boreal forests of Scandinavia offer a considerable resource base, and use of the resource for the production of less carbon-intensive alternative transport fuel is one strategy being considered in Norway. Here, we quantify the resource potential and investigate the environmental implications of wood-based transportation relative to a fossil reference system for a specific region in Norway.

The assessment of energy and greenhouse gas balances is part of a larger effort by UN-Energy to provide decision making tools and aids to Governments and others involved in the planning and implementation of bioenergy development.

This review provides an overview of the potential for
bioenergy and the challenges associated with its increased
deployment. It discusses opportunities and risks in relation
to resources, technologies, practices, markets and policy. The
aim is to provide insights into the opportunities and required
actions for the development of a sustainable bioenergy

U.S. start-up Joule Biotechnologies hopes to make commercial amounts of motor fuel by feeding engineered organisms high concentrations of carbon dioxide and sunlight, its top executive said.

A catalyst made out of shrimp shells may churn out faster, cheaper and greener biodiesel, according to a new study. Xinsheng Zheng and colleagues, who led the study in China, described the development of a new catalyst produced from shrimp shells.

After years of skepticism about the promise of biofuels, ExxonMobil has decided to make one of the biggest biofuel bets so far. Last week, the world's second largest company announced that it will spend up to $600 million over 5 to 6 years to produce biofuels from algae. Half the money will go to Synthetic Genomics Inc., a San Diego, California-based start-up run by genomics pioneer J.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it was extending the comment period on a draft rule that aims to cut greenhouse gases emitted by biofuels.

The proposed changes to the 2007 U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard attempt to make production of corn-based ethanol more efficient and increase output of advanced biofuels.

In recent years the legion of supporters of renewable energy has expanded to include labor unions concerned about jobs, as well as national security and energy independence experts such as George Schultz and James Woolsey.

The high energy demand in the industrial world, as much in the domestic sector and the derived problems of the widespread use of fossil fuels, make increasingly necessary the development of renewable energy sources.