Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Michael Persans

Second Advisor

Dr. Hudson DeYoe

Third Advisor

Dr. Bradley Christoffersen


Microalgae is a very important microorganism that can be used for beneficial purposes for humans. One way to show the importance of algae in this planet is the contribution of Oxygen it provides to the atmosphere, which many organisms rely on (Medeiros et al., 2015). Carbon footprint has been one of the greatest causes for global warming and it is due to the use of fossils to create diesel. One of the ways to avoid contamination is to replace those fuels that are used on daily basis, such as for transportation. The microalgae are able to produce lipids that can be used to create biofuels. These biofuels do not leave a carbon footprint since it is a source of green energy. By replacing the fuels with biofuels, it is necessary to find an efficient way to stress algae to produce a good yield of lipids to be transformed into those desired biofuels. Many microalgae have not been tested that might be great candidates for this, and by prospecting the area of Edinburg here in Texas it is possible to find a good candidate for lipid production.


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