A Robotic System Searches for “Super Algae”


On this Associated Press video, shot in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, on 27 May 2022, scientists discuss a robotic system to more quickly and efficiently locate “Super Algae” — species and strains of algae that can be effective in addressing carbon removal and other climate challenges.

Peter Ralph is a Marine Biologist and serves as Executive Director of the Climate Change Cluster in the Faculty of Science, at the University of Technology, Sydney. Eddie Custovic is an Instruments Senior Engineer at Photon Systems.

The robot, known as the Algae Phenotyping System, scans samples of algae and analyses their properties. That allows the scientists to move from doing low-level repetitive work to much more productive higher-level and more creative scientific work.

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