Vampire Algae Killer’s Genetic Diversity Poses Challenge To Biofuels

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Los Alamos National Laboratory

New DNA analysis conducted by BIO5 faculty member and University of Arizona Plant Sciences professor Dr. Judith Brown, along with researchers at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, has found genetic diversity in predatory pest, Vampirovibrio chlorellavorus. This discovery complicates efforts to protect algae ponds used in the biofuels industry from destructive algae strains and pests.