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.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1016/j.tibtech.2011.06.005
ISSNs: 0167-7799 (print)
Organisations: Marine Biogeochemistry, Ocean Biochemistry & Ecosystems, Centre for Biological Sciences
ePrint ID: 192215
Date :
Date Event
19 July 2011e-pub ahead of print
December 2011Published
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2011 13:55
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2017 01:50
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