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    #1

    palm oil

    Please set me clear on the following in red.

    "... The (algae) cells just keep cranking it out. This way you don't have to harvest all the cells: instead just scoop up the oils they excrete." The efficiencies are considerable. "When compared to conventional biofuels," says Venter, "corn produces 18 gallons per acre per year and palm oil about 625 gallons per acre per year. With these modified algae, our goal is to get to 10,000 gallons per acre per year, and to get it to work robustly, at the level of a two-square-mile facility."

    Does the first one mean "palm trees produces about 625 gallons of palm oil"? It seems a strange structure.
    Does the second one mean "to make algae produce a large amount of oil in a two-square-mile facility"?

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    #2

    Re: palm oil

    The measure is the number of gallons produced per acre per year. Corn produces 18, palm produces 625.

    Have you looked up "robust" in the dictionary.

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    Re: palm oil

    I think the second means "to make algae work harder/robustly (that is, produce more oil) in a two-square-mile facility." Is this correct?

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