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More than 300,000 liters of water are used in large tubs, seen here, to grow and research algae.

A five–fold expansion of the algae lab at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus will help move Arizona to the forefront of algae–based research and production, Gov. Jan Brewer said Tuesday. Read more» 1

Researchers at the University of Arizona use these canals to help protect algae from overnight cold.

Anticipating a day when Arizona becomes a leader in producing algae for biofuel, a Tucson lawmaker is pushing to have algae farms and related facilities defined — and taxed — like any corn field or packing plant. Read more»

Tom Collier fills in for Bill Buckmaster. To get things started, Tom talks with Randy Ryan, a University of Arizona researcher who says algae production could give the Arizona economy a big boost. Read more»

Algae cultivated from the ARID raceway system, developed at the University of Arizona. The algae is collected in pools and dried, after which it is sold to various organizations for uses such as developing biofuel and animal feed.

Arizona’s conditions are ideal for algae growth, with an average of 360 days of sunlight each year. Storing the heat increases the algae’s productivity. And UA and ASU are taking advantage of those conditions to move forward algae-based biofuel technology. Read more»

Ben Cloud, CEO of Phyco Biosciences, leads a tour of a pilot facility in Casa Grande that raises algae that can be used to produce biofuels. Firms say Arizona’s combination of warm weather, abundant sunshine and avaialble water make it an ideal location to mass produce algae.

Take a little Arizona sunshine and mix in water and some cow manure. It's the perfect recipe for what some see as the next major industry for the state: algae farming. Read more» 1

Phoenix-based Heliae Development is among a growing number of firms looking toward the day when algae can be produced on a scale that will compete with petroleum.

Arizona could become a leader in the algae biofuel industry, if companies can mass produce the tiny plant for an affordable petroleum substitute, researchers said Tuesday. Read more»