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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

NREL Cyanobacteria

From the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL):

NREL Cyanobacteria Ramps Up Photosynthesis—and New Challenges - Photosynthesis is nature’s solar energy conversion process—it makes O2 from water while turning CO2 into organic compounds. It powers biomass growth in plants and algae, which are potential feedstocks for bioenergy production. In addition, photosynthetic organisms can be engineered to convert CO2 directly to target chemicals, bypassing the middle-man biomass, as in the case of a cyanobacterium engineered by NREL to convert CO2 directly to ethylene gas.

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