Abu Dhabi: Researchers in Abu Dhabi are using geospatial mapping software to find a particular strain of algae, AAH001. It is native to Abu Dhabi, and could be used to make biofuel. Unlike other algal strains, AAH001 can survive without water.
Dr Hector Hernandez, the assistant professor at the Masdar Institute, is leading the research. In February 2011, he discovered AAH001 in the desert near Al Wathba. Dr Hernandez found that AAH001 can survive without fresh water. It can even survive in a wide range of temperatures and has a long harvesting season. While other researchers have been looking to the oceans to find such an algal strain, Dr Hernandez and this team is using geospatial mapping software to find AAH001 in the desert.