Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley - Algae for energy and industrial biotechnology

2 March 2012, 1pm


Speaker: Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge

In order to realise the enormous potential for bioenergy production from microalgae, several challenges must be overcome, including ensuring that there is a net carbon balance, and that it is economically viable.

One way in which this might be addressed is to consider developing algae as industrial biotechnology platforms for production of high value, low volume compounds. As well as providing an initial income stream, it will also enable agronomic 'know-how' for industrial algal cultivation to be developed.


These seminars aim to bring together a diverse range of individuals from the humanities as well as social and natural sciences to discuss the public policy implications of their work and research.

They will take place on Fridays between 1-2pm, during the Lent term. Venue to be confirmed.

Each talk will last 25-30 minutes and will be followed by open discussion.

For a full list of seminars in this series, please follow the link here.

Dr Beatrix Schlarb-Ridley

British Antarctic Survey (BAS)