ALGAE FOR BIOFUEL: WILL THE EVOLUTION OF WEEDS LIMIT THE ENTERPRISE?
Article first published online: 1 MAY 2012
© 2012 The Author(s). Evolution© 2012 The Society for the Study of Evolution.
Volume 66, Issue 9, pages 2983–2987, September 2012
How to Cite
Bull, J. J. and Collins, S. (2012), ALGAE FOR BIOFUEL: WILL THE EVOLUTION OF WEEDS LIMIT THE ENTERPRISE?. Evolution, 66: 2983–2987. doi: 10.1111/j.1558-5646.2012.01652.x
- Issue published online: 4 SEP 2012
- Article first published online: 1 MAY 2012
- Accepted manuscript online: 3 APR 2012 06:33AM EST
- Received July 13, 2011 Accepted March 5, 2012
- life-history evolution;
Algae hold promise as a source of biofuel. Yet, the manner in which algae are most efficiently propagated and harvested is different from that used in traditional agriculture. In theory, algae can be grown in continuous culture and harvested frequently to maintain high yields with a short turnaround time. However, the maintenance of the population in a state of continuous growth will likely impose selection for fast growth, possibly opposing the maintenance of lipid stores desirable for fuel. Any harvesting that removes a subset of the population and leaves the survivors to establish the next generation may quickly select traits that escape harvesting. An understanding of these problems should help identify methods for retarding the evolution and enhancing biofuel production.