More efficient together: Hybrid bioinorganic photosynthesis yields a wide range of chemicals

Tian Zhang

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Abstract

The solar-to-biomass conversion efficiency of natural photosynthesis is between 2.9 and 4.3% for most crops (1, 2). Improving the efficiency of photosynthesis could help increase the appeal of biologically derived fuels and chemicals in comparison with traditional petrochemical processes. One approach to make photosynthesis more efficient is to build hybrid systems that combine inorganic and microbial components to produce specific chemicals. Such hybrid bioinorganic systems lead to improved efficiency and specificity and do not require processed vegetable biomass. They thus prevent harmful competition between biotechnology and the food industry and avoid the environmental perturbation caused by intensive agriculture (3).
Original languageEnglish
JournalScience Magazine
Volume350
Issue number6262
Pages (from-to)738-739
Number of pages2
ISSN1777-0173
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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