Molluscs and Biofuel Technology


The National Institutes of Health has awarded $4 million to a group of Philippine and American scientists led by Oregon Health and Science University to aid in the discovery of new molecules and biofuels technology from marine molluscs for development in the Philippines.

The project will concentrate its research in the Philippine archipelago whose waters are inhabited by an estimated 10,000 marine mollusc species, or about a fifth of all the known species, and are regarded by marine biologists as the world's epicentre of marine biodiversity. Molluscs are among the most diverse of marine animals and include shelled creatures like snails, clams and slugs.

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