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Start Counting! - A Microscopic View of Algae

This photo was taken with a cell phone camera through a microscopic lens. The picture is a result of a summer undergraduate research project involving growth optimization of algae grown in wastewater. Growing algae on wastewater can remove many chemicals responsible for the pollution of our local water columns. The algae can then be harvested and extracted for oils that can subsequently be converted into a directly usable diesel fuel. Unfortunately, these algae require regular counting in order to determine how well they are growing.
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Arts and Science
Smith Engineering
Start Counting! - A Microscopic View of Algae
Faculty of Arts and Science
Department of Chemistry
Smith Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
Ecology, Biodiversity and the Natural Environment
Sustainability, Environment and Resources
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Biosciences Complex, Queen's University
Photographer's name: 
Michael Jessop
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Staff, Civil Engineering