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Improving photosynthesis for algal biofuels - toward a green revolution

Stephenson, Patrick G., Moore, C. Mark, Terry, Matthew J., Zubkov, Mikhail V. and Bibby, Thomas S. (2011) Improving photosynthesis for algal biofuels - toward a green revolution Trends in Biotechnology, 29, (12), pp. 615-623. (doi:10.1016/j.tibtech.2011.06.005).

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Biofuels derived from marine algae are a potential source of sustainable energy that can contribute to future global demands. The realisation of this potential will require manipulation of the fundamental biology of algal physiology to increase the efficiency with which solar energy is ultimately converted into usable biomass. This ‘photosynthetic solar energy conversion efficiency’ sets an upper limit on the potential of algal-derived biofuels. In this review, we outline photosynthetic molecular targets that could be manipulated to increase the efficiency and yield of algal biofuel production. We also highlight modern ‘omic’ and high-throughput technologies that might enable identification, selection and improvement of algal cell lines on timescales relevant for achieving significant contributions to future energy solutions.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 19 July 2011
Published date: December 2011
Organisations: Marine Biogeochemistry, Ocean Biochemistry & Ecosystems, Centre for Biological Sciences


Local EPrints ID: 192215
ISSN: 0167-7799
PURE UUID: becef2f0-2a44-49c6-b706-8e3362972db4

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Date deposited: 30 Jun 2011 13:55
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:32

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