Navigation Links
UCLA researchers engineer bacteria to turn carbon dioxide into liquid fuel
Date:12/10/2009

Global climate change has prompted efforts to drastically reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas produced by burning fossil fuels.

In a new approach, researchers from the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have genetically modified a cyanobacterium to consume carbon dioxide and produce the liquid fuel isobutanol, which holds great potential as a gasoline alternative. The reaction is powered directly by energy from sunlight, through photosynthesis.

The research appears in the Dec. 9 print edition of the journal Nature Biotechnology and is available online.

This new method has two advantages for the long-term, global-scale goal of achieving a cleaner and greener energy economy, the researchers say. First, it recycles carbon dioxide, reducing greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the burning of fossil fuels. Second, it uses solar energy to convert the carbon dioxide into a liquid fuel that can be used in the existing energy infrastructure, including in most automobiles.

While other alternatives to gasoline include deriving biofuels from plants or from algae, both of these processes require several intermediate steps before refinement into usable fuels.

"This new approach avoids the need for biomass deconstruction, either in the case of cellulosic biomass or algal biomass, which is a major economic barrier for biofuel production," said team leader James C. Liao, Chancellor's Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UCLA and associate director of the UCLADepartment of Energy Institute for Genomics and Proteomics. "Therefore, this is potentially much more efficient and less expensive than the current approach."

Using the cyanobacterium Synechoccus elongatus, researchers first genetically increased the quantity of the carbon dioxidefixing enzyme RuBisCO. Then they spliced genes from other microorganisms to engineer a strain that intakes carbon
'/>"/>

Contact: Matthew Chin
mchin@support.ucla.edu
310-206-0680
University of California - Los Angeles
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Berkeley Lab researchers participate in Homeland Security study of subway airflow
2. Hebrew University, American researchers show trigger to stem cell differentiation
3. Carnegie Mellon researchers receive grant
4. Researchers finds hidden sensory system in the skin
5. Researchers demonstrate nanoscale X-ray imaging of bacterial cells
6. Texas AgriLife researchers helping
7. Stopping MRSA before it becomes dangerous is possible, Sandia/UNM researchers find
8. VAI researchers find long awaited key to creating drought resistant crops
9. UGA researchers lead team in discovery involving devastating freshwater fish parasite, Ich
10. Nervy research: Researchers take initial look at ion channels in a model system
11. Yerkes researchers create first transgenic prairie voles
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/25/2014)... of biomedical engineering at the University of Houston, ... and artificial organ development., "Introduction to Tissue Engineering: ... entering into the field of artificial organ development. ... engineering at UH, served as a series editor ... are other published books on the subject of ...
(Date:7/25/2014)... (NRG1) is a pleiotropic factor characterized by the ... of exons that confer to the protein deeply ... both the myelination occurring during development and the ... nerve: axon degeneration, axon regrowth, remyelination and target ... have discovered that the soluble NRG1 upregulation observed ...
(Date:7/25/2014)... girls reach puberty is influenced by ,imprinted genes,a subset of ... gene. This is the first evidence that imprinted genes ... of this study were published today in the journal ... menarche, is a marker for the timing of puberty in ... varies between girls, is an inherited trait, and is linked ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):University of Houston researcher publishes textbook on tissue engineering 2Could age of first period influence development of diseases in older women? 2
... MOConstructing a body is like building a houseif you compromise ... on a cellular level than in the case of epithelial ... from the gut to mammary glands. As long as epithelial ... business of building tissue barriers and constructing ducts goes smoothly. ...
... to the brain could be developed thanks to new research. ... able to regenerate protective sheaths around nerve fibres in the ... myelin, are critical for the quick transmission of nerve signals, ... with multiple sclerosis (MS). The study, by the Universities ...
... to assess the status of dozens of European fish stocks ... are being fished sustainably today and that, given time, those ... Cell Press journal Current Biology on July 18, ... European Union,s Common Fisheries Policy is failing, the researchers say. ...
Cached Biology News:A flip of the mitotic spindle has disastrous consequences for epithelial cells 2A flip of the mitotic spindle has disastrous consequences for epithelial cells 3A flip of the mitotic spindle has disastrous consequences for epithelial cells 4MS research could help repair damage affecting nerves 2European fish stocks poised for recovery 2
(Date:7/25/2014)... , July 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Xybion ... consulting for global corporations operating in highly regulated ... its first annual Global User Group Conference, Xybion ... Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at the ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140724/130263 This year,s ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... Gain recognition for leadership and ... the biotech industry. Nominations are now being accepted ... you by the Bio Supply Management Alliance ... management professionals for the past 7 years. , ... Biotech industry – Manufacturers, Service Providers, Material Suppliers, ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... A research team led by group leader Yung-Eun ... technology to synthesize sulfur-doped and nitrogen-doped graphenes which ... secondary batteries and fuel cells. Yung-Eun Sung is ... Nanoparticle Research at Institute for Basic Science* (IBS) ... , This achievement has great significance with regards ...
(Date:7/24/2014)... July 24, 2014 Research and Markets ... Genomics and Proteomics Analytical Instruments Market 2014-2018" report ... Genomics is the study of the ... of the structure and functions of proteomes or sets ... and technology. Genomics involves the mapping of genes and ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Xybion Announces It Will Host International User Conference in Philadelphia 2Xybion Announces It Will Host International User Conference in Philadelphia 3Call for Submission: BSMA’s Supply Chain Management Innovation Awards 2Call for Submission: BSMA’s Supply Chain Management Innovation Awards 3Global Genomics and Proteomics Analytical Instruments Market 2014-2018: Key Vendors are Agilent, Bio-Rad , F. Hoffmann, La Roche, Illumina, PerkinElmer and Thermo Fisher Scientific 2
... , , , , , ... Kits and Ser/Thr Kinase , Kit provide fast and ... serine/threonine kinases. LiquiChip 10-Cytokine Kits enable simultaneous , multiplex ... The LiquiChip Ser/Thr Kinase Kit enables highly sensitive assay of kinases , ...
... , The proven activated dendrimer for transfection , of a ... and benefits , , Fast ... cell lines , Transfection in the presence of serum (see figure ... , High transient and stable transfection efficiencies , ...
... , For purification of endotoxin-free ultrapure , plasmid or cosmid DNA , ... , Less than 0.1 EU/g plasmid DNA , ... Greater than 90% recovery of plasmid DNA , Fast and simple ... , , * Actual yields depend on plasmid copy number, size ...
Cached Biology Technology:LiquiChip Kits for bead-based cytokine and kinase assays 2LiquiChip Kits for bead-based cytokine and kinase assays 3SuperFect Transfection Reagent 2SuperFect Transfection Reagent 3EndoFree Plasmid Kits 2EndoFree Plasmid Kits 3EndoFree Plasmid Kits 4
Rabbit polyclonal to ErbB 2 (phospho Y1248) ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 2064 SwissProtID: P04626...
The Microseal 384 plate positioner ensures precise positioning of Microseal 384-well plates in the x-, y-, and z-dimensions, for accurate automated liquid handling....
... This thin foil heat sealing material ... pressure from a screw down heated ... is a useful method for sample ... over the existing seal. Ideal for ...
... DS-U2 camera controller is the successor to the ... interface any of the cameras in the Nikon ... a USB2.0 interface. The DS-U2 transmits information at ... by equipping both hub and mass storage USB ...
Biology Products: