Recent Research Projects

Elucidating the xylose metabolism pathway in thraustochytrids for the conversion of hemicellulosic waste into omega-3 fatty acids and biofuel.

2019/20 • $32,000
Canada's vast forests and developed forestry industry place it in a unique position to take advantage of woody biomass from sawmill residue as a feedstock for the production of value-added products. In a similar process to common alcoholic fermentation, the use of specialized microorganisms...

Identifying and screening Nova Scotia marine fungi for EPA production

2019/20 • $25,000
We aim to identify and provide marine fungal isolates with potential for EPA production to Mara. We will screen marine fungi for production of EPA and optimize culture growth conditions to commercialize EPA production and allow Mara to produce a high-quality, local product to consumers....

Microalgae fermentation on C5 sugar from hemicellulose waste: Multi-omic analysis and modeling for rational bioprocess engineering

2018/19 • $25,000
Mara Renewables Corporation is an Atlantic Canadian producer of algal-based bio-products. The company is*seeking to expand its production to include biofuels, but it is currently limited by the high cost of carbon*sources. The goal of this project is to develop a metabolic model capable to...

Developing biofilm-based microalgal bioreactors for the efficient production of fuels, chemicals and clean water

2014/15-2017/18 • $472,000
Using microalgae to convert carbon to biomass is one of the most promising technologies for developing renewable fuels. Algae produces more biomass than conventional crops such as corn and sugar beet, can be used to capture carbon and can be used in water treatment processes. Despite these...

Physical and chemical properties of semi-crystalline PUFA-rich oils

2016/17 • $25,000
Poly-unsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) oils are recognized as a very important health supplement for large portionsof the population that do not consume enough from fish sources.Mara Renewables is an industrial producer of PUFA oils from marine micro-algae. It has found it difficult topredict and...

Process Optimization for Marine Microalgae-based Sustainable Renewable Oils Production

2016/17 • $24,875
Mara Renewables Corporation (Mara), located in Dartmouth, NS, uses algal biotechnology to produce sustainable and low-cost lipids. These lipids may be converted into biofuel to reduce society's dependence on fossil fuels and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The company is seeking the Nova...

James Bagley

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Shannon LeDrew

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Xuan Jiang

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Alexandra MerkxJacques

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Holly Rasmussen

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