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Given the global challenges of rising temperatures and growing populations, there is much interest in algae as a potential future food and fuel alternative. Achieving the theoretical aspirations of commercial scale cultivation of algae to address these challenges would be a scientific feat within itself. The challenge is the relative maturity of algae production technology compared to the agrarian practices of traditional farms, breeding programs of terrestrial crops, and advanced biotechnology toolkits of unicellular heterotrophs. With these factors in mind alongside the urgency to increase algae production yield, it raises a set of questions. Where should scientists focus their research efforts? What are the most effective strategies to ensuring discoveries are significant at scale? Do certain experimental set ups deliver more reliable data to build hypotheses?