New ISU production facility delivers made-to-order algae

A new algae production facility at Iowa State University makes use of an innovative design that’s attracting interest from other universities and private industry.

The algal production facility, which was built inside a greenhouse on the BioCentury Research Farm in rural Boone, went online in January and has been filling orders for algae researchers ever since.

The facility contains a novel biofilm-based cultivation system designed by Martin Gross, a graduate assistant in agricultural and biosystems engineering, and Zhiyou Wen, an associate professor of food science and human nutrition.

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