Although most algal biofuel research has focused on microalgae, macroalgae are also potential sources of lipid for the production of biodiesel and other liquid fuels. Reliable, accurate methods for assessing the lipid composition of biomass are essential for the development of macroalgae in this area. The conventional methods most commonly used to evaluate lipid composition, such as those of Bligh and Dyer and Folch, do not provide complete extraction of lipids in photosynthetic cells/tissues and therefore do not provide an accurate accounting of lipid production. Here we present a 2-EE lipid extraction protocol, a method which has been demonstrated to be superior to conventional lipid extraction methods for microalgae, adapted for use with macroalgae.
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This work was supported by NSF grant DBI-1560772 and DOE grant DE-1162-1511.
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