SINGAPORE (Aug 19): Marine biologist Baruch Dach’s quest to grow algae began in the most unlikely of places — in the Negev desert in Israel. In 2009, the new graduate was among a team of scientists commissioned by a petro­chemical company to turn algae into biofuels or biofuel feedstock. Oil prices were lofty, sparking a boom for alternative energy sources. “We were crazy enough [to take on the project]. I was in charge of building the facility in the desert,” he laughs. “It was us, a camel and a goat out there.”

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