May 2010

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Iowa State University's Plant Sciences Institute is genetically modifying Chlamydomonas, an alga whose genome is already mapped out. Algae start-ups have scoured the earth for attractive-high-oil or fast-growing-breeds. But researchers applying the manipulative power of biotechnology, through which multiple desirable traits can be stacked in the same strain, intend to create that which nature did not.

Despite being a late entrant to the world of biodiesel, Argentina has not only embraced the potential of this renewable energy, but also, through efficiency and innovation, is fast becoming a global standard-bearer for the sector. With growing demand in Europe and other countries such as China, as well as a vibrant domestic market, Argentina enjoys the best of both worlds, presenting huge opportunities for investors.

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