3-28-10 ArkFab travels to Analodge Hackspace in NC to recruit Michael Clemmons and Charlie Soeder
3-23-10 ArkFab Collective retreat at TerraPerma
2-15-10 quest for an ATL DIYbio lab begins
2-15-10 Blacki Migliozzi, cultura libre complexity mathematician, and Corwin May, another mathematician and ontologist, have joined the project.
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Haematococcus pluvialis with a high biomass content of the medically significant carotenoid, astaxanthin.
open source ecology movement to develop and diffuse disruptive technologies that can redefine both the social and ecological relations of production in our global economy. Inspired by successful organizations such as the New Alchemy Institute, Factor E Farm and ShipYard Labs this biotechnology project intends to function as the seed enterprise for funding an integrated peer to peer socio-ecology research institute and business incubator in Atlanta to aid the transition towards a socially and ecologically just world. All proceeds from the sale of Haematococcus pluvialis will go towards establishing the not for profit institute.
Our strain selection criteria is primarily based on the high-value of the dried and cracked algae Haematococcus pluvialus which can be sold for ~7,000 dollars a kilogram retail. However, this strain is particularly difficult to grow because of the need to control environmental parameters and the dual-stage growth process necessary to induce astaxanthin production within the algae. These added difficulties are the second criteria of our selection. Due to this strains' difficult requirements the algae photobioreactor we engineer will be suitable for many other strain requirements and provide the opportunity for further research into algae-based products such as carbon sequestration and soil amendments.
Factor E Farm product development model.
The project will occur over three phases. Phase I, recruitment and community small-scale proof of concept prototyping; phase II, full-scale business development and deployment; and phase III, full-scale operations and community educational programming.
More details are available on the OpenPario Algae Photobioreactor Roadmap
The above information is submitted to the open source biosciences community for review and comments. This must allow for complete documentation of the fabrication process.
Submit to support base for crowd funding. Other string-free funding channels may be used.