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- Scientists from Rutgers University have figured out how Diatoms, small algae that produce 20% of the world’s oxygen, harness solar energy
- The discovery would lead to the development of algae based biofuels and relief from fossil fuels
- The algae store energy in the form of oils.
- Further understanding this process can release a lot of this oil which can be used as biofuel to drive vehicles
What are Diatoms:
- They are a major group of algae,specifically microalgae, found in the oceans, waterways and soils of the world.
- Living diatoms number in the trillions: they generate about 20 percent of the oxygen produced on the planet each year
- They are unicellular: they occur either as solitary cells or in colonies, which can take the shape of ribbons, fans, zigzags, or stars.
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