Cyanobacteria producing ethanol or hydrogen – natural gene transfer could make this possible (Photo: Amadeus Bramsiepe, KIT)
Cyanobacteria hardly need any nutrients and use the energy of sunlight. Bathers are familiar with these microorganisms – often incorrectly called “blue-green algae” – as they often occur in waters. A group of researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) has discovered that the multicellular species Phormidium lacuna can be genetically modified by natural transformation and could thus produce substances such as ethanol or hydrogen.
A possible future-oriented application would be to synthesize ethanol, hydrogen or lactate as well as other bioproducts in the cells and thus contribute to the bio-economy and to the change from an oil-based economy to a market economy based on sustainable resources.
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Synthesizing energy from cyanobacteria
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Cyanobacteria hardly need any nutrients and use the energy of sunlight. Bathers are familiar with these microorganisms—often incorrectly called "blue-green algae"—as they often occur in waters.
- New candidate for raw material synthesis through gene transferon July 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm
The multicellular cyanobacteria, which obtain their energy from sunlight ... A possible future-oriented application would be to synthesize ethanol, hydrogen or lactate as well as other bioproducts ...