Mo. sees profit from pond scum as biodiesel source

Read the full story in the Houston Chronicle.

Say “biofuel,” and most people think “ethanol.” But someday they might think “algae-diesel.” And if they do, Missouri is likely to have helped make it happen.

The idea of turning algae, also known as pond scum, into diesel fuel may seem far-fetched. But Missouri is already a leader in the research and development of different strains of algae that produce oil, similar to vegetable oil, that can be used as biodiesel fuel.

And a new study is expected to say what was once unexpected — that Missouri would be a good place to produce the algae.

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