Navigation Links
Plant power: The ultimate way to 'go green'?
Date:2/2/2012

Researchers are turning to plants and solar power in the search for new sources of renewable and sustainable energy that can support the transition from rapidly depleting fossil fuels to a bio-based society. An article published by Cell Press in the February 8th issue of Trends in Plant Science discusses innovative strategies for harnessing and re-routing the chemical reactions associated with photosynthesis to efficiently produce highly valuable products.

Photosynthesis is a biological process that uses energy from the sun to produce biomass that may be used as "food", such as sugars, or that can be further processed into bio-fuels. Plants, algae and some bacteria rely on photosynthesis to convert sunlight into chemical energy, and scientists are looking for ways to tap into this natural power source.

"Plants are known to produce more than 200,000 often structurally complex bioactive natural products," explains study author, Dr. Birger Lindberg Mller, from the University of Copenhagen. "Many are valuable to humans, for example as pharmaceuticals, but are present in very low amounts or are quite difficult to isolate."

In their review, Dr. Mller and colleagues discuss approaches for utilizing and optimizing the overall solar light conversion efficiency by tapping directly into the notoriously efficient photosynthetic reactions and modifying the standard carbon flux towards formation of new end products. They describe novel strategies to facilitate light-driven synthesis of useful, high-value chemicals and biofuels.

"Sunlight is the most abundant renewable energy source on Earth," says Dr. Mller. "Synthetic biology approaches, in which known photosynthetic pathways are combined, reassembled and configured into new biosynthetic systems that evolution did not provide, constitute exciting means to develop new environmentally benign production systems to meet some of the global challenges we are facing on our planet." '/>"/>

Contact: Elisabeth (Lisa) Lyons
elyons@cell.com
617-386-2121
Cell Press
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Using plants to silence insect genes in a high-throughput manner
2. Prolific plant hunters provide insight in strategy for collecting undiscovered plant species
3. Lungs clothed in fresh cells offer new hope for transplant patients
4. Biofuel cell generates electricity when implanted in False Deaths Head Cockroach
5. First plants caused ice ages
6. System to deliver organ transplant drug -- without harmful side effects
7. High-tech models help guide restoration efforts to save threatened plants
8. UF study: Rules may govern genome evolution in young plant species
9. Discovery of plant nourishing gene brings hope for increased crop seed yield and food security
10. Dramatic links found between climate change, elk, plants, and birds
11. UF research on newly formed plants could lead to improved crop fertility
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/11/2014)... increased risk of kidney injury related to the use ... mass of HES molecules, according to a report in ... International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS). , The "total mass ... on cultured human renal proximal tubule cells (PTCs), concludes ... of University Hospital Wrzburg, Austria. Other factorssuch as ...
(Date:7/11/2014)... type 1 can inhibit voltage-gated calcium channel, ... release. However, some scholars demonstrated that cannabinoid ... influx and increase neurotransmitter release. Dr. Yi ... to Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of ... voltage-clamp and calcium imaging in cultured trigeminal ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... Fe, Albuquerque, and other major cities in New Mexico, ... treated municipal wastewater rather than precious potable water supplies. ... 40% of all golf courses receive treated effluent. Reusing ... , Additionally, golf courses and homeowners alike fertilize their ... fertilizer is nitrate. A New Mexico State University turfgrass ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):In lab studies, hydroxyethyl starch has direct harmful effects on kidney cells 2'Tailored' water -- the latest in lawn care 2
... ,Communication Intelligence Corporation (OTC Bulletin Board: CICI) ("CIC"),a ... process,automation in the financial industry and the recognized ... of Michael Betts to,the CIC Board of Directors. ... experience in the insurance and,financial services industries and ...
... McConnell, Director of,National Intelligence and James R. Clapper, ... valuable insights into the intelligence,challenges of the future, ... Community 100 Day Plan for INTEGRATION and COLLABORATION. ... the Director of National Intelligence and the National,Defense ...
... IdentiPHI announces the launch of SAFmodule(TM) 3.1 ... Services (NMAS) biometric authentication methods, AUSTIN, ... brings,secure, easily managed biometric authentication to Novell(R) ... with Novell,s,Novell Modular Authentication Service (NMAS(TM)) security ...
Cached Biology News:Michael A. Betts, Seasoned Financial Services Executive, Joins CIC Board of Directors 2Michael A. Betts, Seasoned Financial Services Executive, Joins CIC Board of Directors 3IdentiPHI Re Launches SAFmodule Software to Secure Novell(R) Networks 2
(Date:7/10/2014)... A new study published today in the journal ... has found that time of day and sleep deprivation ... could be crucial when looking at the best time ... and heart disease, and for administering medicines effectively. , ... of Cancer Research, London, investigated the links between sleep ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... observed the fractional quantum Hall effect in bilayer graphene ... be tuned by an electric field. , The ... confined to thin sheets are exposed to large magnetic ... thousands of individual electrons behave as a single system. ... well established, many details of this collective behavior remain ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... spiders can sit upside down forever. Nanophysics makes sure of ... an article just published in Physical Review E . ... and spiders that seem to be able to sit still ... for many years. We will soon be able to buy ... gecko,s foot. But the fact is, sooner or later the ...
(Date:7/10/2014)... researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ... the interplay of spin and heat at the ... spintronic devices for data storage and information processing. ... as spin-angular momentum. In a typical charge current, ... spin current," explained David Cahill, a professor of ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Time of day crucial to accurately test for diseases, new research finds 2Columbia researchers observe tunable quantum behavior in bilayer graphene 2Columbia researchers observe tunable quantum behavior in bilayer graphene 3Even geckos can lose their grip 2University of Illinois study advances limits for ultrafast nano-devices 2
... Pa., June 22 Environmental Tectonics Corporation,s (OTC Bulletin ... announced that the Japan Ministry of Health, Labor and ... foreign manufacturer in Japan. , , ETC worked ... to help ensure that our monoplace hyperbaric chambers passed ...
... , BERLIN, NIMES, France and RICHMOND, Calif., June ... company, Cezanne, and Lumiphore Inc., a biotechnology leader ... in high-value applications, announced that they have signed ... in BRAHMS diagnostic tests. , , ...
... NEW YORK, June 22 NeoStem, Inc. (NYSE Amex: ... storage of adult stem cells for future medical need, was featured ... Street," on June 18, 2009. Also, on June 16, 2009, ... in a substantial Fortune Magazine article distributed by CNNMoney.com. ...
Cached Biology Technology:Environmental Tectonics Corporation's BioMedical Division Achieves Foreign Manufacturer Accreditation in Japan 2Environmental Tectonics Corporation's BioMedical Division Achieves Foreign Manufacturer Accreditation in Japan 3Environmental Tectonics Corporation's BioMedical Division Achieves Foreign Manufacturer Accreditation in Japan 4BRAHMS, Cezanne and Lumiphore Announce Partnership for Diagnostic Tests 2BRAHMS, Cezanne and Lumiphore Announce Partnership for Diagnostic Tests 3NeoStem Featured in Business Week; 'Promising' Adult Stem Cell Market Discussed in Fortune-CNNMoney.com Article 2NeoStem Featured in Business Week; 'Promising' Adult Stem Cell Market Discussed in Fortune-CNNMoney.com Article 3NeoStem Featured in Business Week; 'Promising' Adult Stem Cell Market Discussed in Fortune-CNNMoney.com Article 4NeoStem Featured in Business Week; 'Promising' Adult Stem Cell Market Discussed in Fortune-CNNMoney.com Article 5
Medium for cryopreserving subcutaneous or omental preadipocytes...
... Exclusive ultra high yield technology is fast ... Amplifies aRNA for gene array analysis ... , Kits specific for templates ... promoters , All kits contain ...
Rad 51C Immunogen: His-tagged human Rad 51C, over-expressed in E. coli Storage: 4 C...
...
Biology Products: