Scientists have sequenced the genome of a green alga that has drawn commercial interest as a strong producer of quality lipids for biofuel production. The chromosome-assembly genome of Chromochloris zofingiensis provides a blueprint for new discoveries in sustainable biofuels, antioxidants, and other valuable bioproducts. The team was led by Kris Niyogi, faculty biologist in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division and included researchers from UCLA and UCSF. The alga was imaged in the National Center for X-ray Tomography, located at the Advanced Light Source. The Chromochloris zofingiensis assembly is also available on Phytozome, the DOE Joint Genome Institute’s Plant Genomics Portal. Read the science short at the Berkeley Lab News Center.
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