Lone Star College Montgomery News
Published on: July 23, 2013
Lone Star College-Montgomerys biotechnology students are diving in to their research after another generous donation has enabled them to build an open pond on campus. This pond will allow students to grow large amounts of algae that will be used to research novel agricultural techniques for Aperion, a property development company based in Arizona.
Aperion and LSC-Montgomerys Biotechnology Institute teamed up in early 2012 to seek biological processes for water treatment and waste remediation for Rio West, a developing community outside of Albuquerque, N.M., that hopes to be the first-ever environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable master-planned community in the U.S. LSC-Montgomery students have been working to develop new techniques for desalinization of the communitys 65 million acre-feet of water in an aquifer beneath the site.
Erik Patton, a recent graduate of LSC-Montgomery, and Josh Bond, a current student in the colleges biotechnology program, work on the recently-donated open pond. This new addition to campus will allow students to grow large amounts of algae for water remediation and agricultural research.
This type of pond is a cost effective way to grow large amounts of algae, expanding our water remediation efforts even further, said Danny Kainer, director of the colleges Biotechnology Institute. The four different cells (in the pond) will allow side-by-side comparisons of different experimental conditions and provide even more data allow us to increase production from the lab scale to the pilot scale.
Aperions community developer, David Maniatis, recently donated $27,000 to LSC-Montgomery for this pond project. He also made it possible for Matthew Huber, founder and biological oceanographer of Green Reactions, LLC, a sustainable research and development company, to travel to LSC-Montgomery to oversee the ponds construction and installation.
If these students continue to make good choices and use some of these resources, theyll be the next drivers of this industry, said Huber.
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