In recent decades, an increasing awareness of the drastic ecological consequences of our dependence on fossil fuels has resulted in a search for sustainable alternatives. One such alternative is the use of biofuels, combustible compounds derived from organic matter. First-generation biofuels are derived from food crops, but their use requires arable land that is also needed for food supply. These crops also produce roots, stems and other parts that do not contribute to photosynthesis directly. Philipp Savakis explores the use of cyanobacteria, prokaryotic organisms that are able to convert light, water and carbon dioxide into biomass, a process known as oxygenic photosynthesis. He explores the possibilities of using genetically engineered cyanobacteria as ‘cell factories’ for the production of organic molecules.
P.E. Savakis: Photosynthetic Polyol Production.
Prof. K.J. Hellingwerf
F. Branco dos Santos
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