Cyanobacteria for Solar Powered BiofuelsByArizona Experience
Published: 2013-05-17 19:31:59
ASU scientists are developing a new, renewable source of biodiesel and other green products. Our scientists are developing genetically optimized versions of photosynthetic bacteria, called cyanobacteria, that will use sunlight, water and carbon dioxide to over-produce and secrete fatty acids as a raw material for the production of biofuel. This revolutionary concept shifts the focus from growing dense cultures of algae or bacteria for harvest of fats to a continuous microbial production system as biocatalysts (mini factories) from which a renewable fuel feedstock, namely fatty acids, is collected and converted into biofuel.