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ASU's Polytechnic campus is home to the largest university-based algae cultivation facility in the United States, the Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI). It attracts collaborators from around the world to study algae for their potential for biofuel production.
As part of the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts' annual Science and Mathematics Colloquium Series, ASU professor Milt Sommerfeld, co-director of AzCATI, and Everett Eustance, graduate research assistant, will provide an overview of the work at AzCATI and discuss one example of an ongoing research project there: the study of how nutrients can be recycled from local dairy wastewaters for algal biomass cultivation — for use in fuel, feed and fertilizer production — even improving the quality of the dairy wastewater in the process.