Monday, September 26, 2022

Could Phytoplankton Be Turned Into Oil?


Japanese researchers have discovered a new type of phytoplankton that could be converted into petroleum.

The phytoplankton were found during a voyage in 2013 aboard the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology’s (JAMSTEC) research vessel Mirai in the Chuckchi and Beaufort Seas.

The original research showed that the phytoplankton could produce a specific component from petroleum.

Since then, scientists have determined that this particular phytoplankton can fabricate, assemble and stockpile the same material that’s in diesel fuel and gasoline.

Producing that fuel in bulk, though, would require a lot of work.

Check out The Barents Observer for more info.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.