Researchers Have Found A New Green Catalyst In Blue-Green Algae

Researchers Have Found A New Green Catalyst In Blue-Green Algae

Published: 12-Oct-2020 | Published By: Market Research Store

The TU Graz and Ruhr University Bochum researchers have presented a study in the journal ACS Catalysis wherein the catalytic function of cyanobacteria is studied in-depth. This organism also called blue-green algae brings biotechnological and eco-friendly application a big step closer. Even though the cyanobacteria are known to stain the water green it is still called as blue-green algae. Furthermore, it has the ability to convert light energy into chemical energy using its highly active photosynthetic cells. It is environmental friendly biocatalysts that could be used for the production of new chemicals with the help of specific enzymes.

However, in practicality its large scale production using latest technological process is a little impossible. The availability of light is a problem in cyanobacteria as when present in high concentration only the upper surface receive light. Thus, productivity of the cells is hampered which is a disadvantage for large-scale biotechnological production. Yeast is generally used as biocatalysts but its dependence on agricultural products for growth is a huge drawback. Thus, the researchers are working toward enhancing the catalytic performance of cyanobacteria. The modification in the photosynthetic electron flow in the cells can help solve issues in the metabolism. The system in the cyanobacterium genome is altered to protect the cell from changing light. The independence of this system from controlled cultivated conditions makes it a suitable option even in high cell densities of cyanobacteria. Furthermore, metabolic engineering technique has been used to make cyanobacteria applicable for biotechnological purposes.

Researchers are working on a new algae cultivation process by introducing light source directing into the cell with further experimentation using geometrics. Thus, the cyanobacteria in the form of beads are found to absorb more light. The algae-based biocatalysts are likely to have large-scale industrial application. Thus, advancements in biotechnology can help bring in new techniques and sources to help lower the pressure put on non-renewable resources.

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