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Original post– The microorganism that I chose for this week is called Dunaliella salina, or D. salina for short, is a microalga that is very useful in the biofuel industry, but is also used in cosmetics, and as a source of antioxidants in food (Cakmak, YS., Kaya, M., Asan-Ozusaqlam, M., 2014). D. salina is one species that shows many desirable traits for the production of biodiesel such as a high lipid accumulation, the absence of cell walls made from cellulose, the ease of laboratory culture with a high growth rate, and are highly resistant to varying environmental conditions as compared to other algae species (Ahmed, R., He, M., Aftab, R., Zheng, S., Nagi, M., Bakri, R., Wang, C. , 2017). D. salina also has an ability to adjust to changes in salinity, change its physiologic and metabolism which help to contribute to its high production of beta carotene (Ahmed, R., et al., 2017). D. salina is a green micro-alga that belongs to the halophile (halophilic extremophiles) family, the study of which is the field of bacteriology.  D. salina can store huge quantities of plastidic lips droplets, made up from TAG and two isomers of beta-carotene, during high levels of nitrogen deficiency making D. salina unique when compared to other algae (Ahmed, R., et al., 2017). Biofuels are becoming more popular in todays eco-friendly society, making D. salina a prime candidate for the extraction of energy by using algae. It is a renewable energy source that creates far less green house gases than the use of fossil fuels. Eco-friendly cities and cities that are overrun with smog, I.E. China, can use this as a viable option to help reduce the amount of pollution created every day. The production of D. salina and biofuels does require land to “farm” these biofuels, but the amount of land required is comparable to an oil refinery. The production of this type of energy source is not yet to a level that can compete in yield as compared to fossil fuels, but only the future can show us what is in store.

Instruction:  you must respond to the above post in 100-150 words about how the organism is detrimental/harmful to another area of microbiology.  You must also cite your credible academic reference sources and provide full end ref information in APA format.

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