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UTEX Culture Collection of Algae

Algal products, services and resources. UTEX is a Non-Profit Organization whose principle financial support is obtained through the National Science Foundation, UT-Austin and sale of cultures.

Hydrocarbons and cuticular lipids

Simple hydrocarbons (e.g. n-alkanes and n-alkenes), that are at the chemical level identical to currently used gasoline and diesel fuels, occur discreetly in biological systems. Some algae and photosynthetic microbial systems accumulate simple hydrocarbons in large quantities as a means of storing carbon and energy.  Other organisms, such as plants and insects produce these compounds as part of the cuticle, which acts as a water barrier at the interface between the organism and the environment.


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