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Mitsubishi Funds Bioenergy Research in Sarawak Algae

November 7, 2012

Mitsubishi Corp has signed a research collaboration agreement with the Sarawak Biodiversity Council to explore the state's diverse algal biodiversity as a potential source of renewable energy. Mitsubishi Corp said in a statement that joint scientific expeditions through the Sarawak Biodiversity Centre, a research institute established by the council, will be organized to explore the unique ecosystems in the waters of Sarawak and collect, isolate and study microalgae species. It said that the research aimed to identify useful microalgae biological characteristics as biomass or feedstock for biofuels and "co-products" that may have applications as food and health supplements. The exchange of documents between Mitsubishi Corp and the council was witnessed by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin  who officiated at the opening of BioMalaysia 2012 Conference and Exhibition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.

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