Metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria : developing molecular tools and characterizing strain performance in light:dark cycles
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The conversion of CO2 and light energy to biofuels holds promise for a renewable and environmentally responsible source of energy that could meet the growing demand for transportation fuels. However, early efforts to commercialize biofuels from plants were hampered by social, economic, and technological difficulties. Photosynthetic microbes present an opportunity for a more efficient conversion of fixed carbon to biofuels by bypassing the need of harvesting sugars from plants to be fermented by heterotrophic bacteria. More recently, cyanobacterial technologies have received considerable interest ...