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A perspective: Photosynthetic production of fatty acid-based biofuels in genetically engineered cyanobacteria

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14420 1219 2010 5 PDF Available
Title
A perspective: Photosynthetic production of fatty acid-based biofuels in genetically engineered cyanobacteria
Abstract

Biofuels are expected to play a key role in the development of a sustainable, economical and environmentally safe source of energy. Microbes offer great potential for applications in technology based biofuel production. Three fundamental questions need to be addressed in order for the development of microbial synthesis of biofuels to be successful. Firstly, what energy resource platform could be used to make biofuels. Secondly, what type of biofuel is the ideal fuel molecule that should be targeted. Finally, what microbial system could be used to transform energy resources into the targeted biofuel molecules. In this perspective, the potential of using photosynthetic microbes (cyanobacteria in particular) in the solar energy driven conversion of carbon dioxide to fatty acid-based biofuels is explored.

Keywords
Biofuels; Cyanobacteria; Fatty acid-based biofuels; Synthetic biology
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A perspective: Photosynthetic production of fatty acid-based biofuels in genetically engineered cyanobacteria
Publisher
Database: Elsevier - ScienceDirect
Journal: Biotechnology Advances - Volume 28, Issue 6, November–December 2010, Pages 742–746
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Subjects
Physical Sciences and Engineering Chemical Engineering Bioengineering